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The Double Hour

Released 2011
Distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films

A puzzle box masquerading as a film noir, The Double Hour is the feature film debut of former music video director Giuseppe Capotondi. The film centers on a couple (played by Ksenia Rappoport and Fliippo Timi) who meet at a speed-dating club. A violent encounter with some art thieves leaves Timi dead and Rappoport in a coma. When she awakes she seems to enter a broken-mirror version of her life before the attack. No one is who they seem in this genuinely mysterious mystery and though Capotondi’s film contains echoes of Vertigo and Don’t Look Now, it remains a singular experience. Rappoport won an acting prize at Venice in 2009

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel Alice Through The Multiverse, and his autobiography Adventures in the B Movie Trade, are available on Amazon and Kindle.