The Mercury Factor

The Mercury Factor
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The Mercury Factor
Italy, 2013, 111 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Asian, Gangster, Thriller
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: English English Sub-Titles

This taut, relentless thriller delves into a wide ranging – and widely underreported – contemporary scourge, and manages to blend romance, character study and social issues into a finely crafted tale of one man’s awakening to the contradictions in his life. Matteo (played by director/co-writer, and ex Italian MP Luca Barbareschi) is a mob fix-it man following in the footsteps of his father, working for a corrupt multinational.

The “company” Matteo works for has undergone a change of product, if not tactics, realizing that the trade in adulterated foods is even more lucrative than the trade in drugs. Sent to Hong Kong as a troubleshooter, Matteo has a chance encounter with a beautiful Chinese woman, Jiazhen, when their paths cross at a restaurant she runs on the waterfront.

What Matteo doesn’t know is that Jiazhen has a secret in her past – a secret that will hold fateful consequences for both when a power struggle within the mob he serves threatens to upend his carefully calibrated life.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Luca Barbareschi
Producer: Luca Barbareschi
Editor: Walter Fasano
Screenwriter: Francesco Arlanch, Luca Barbareschi, Anna Pavignano
Cinematographer: Arnaldo Catinari
Music: Marco Zurzolo
Principal Cast: Luca Barbareschi, Zhang Jingchu, Kenneth Tsang, Gary Lewis, Michael Wong, Brako Juric, Eddy Ko
Filmography: The Chameleon (2002)
Ardena (1997)
Print Source: Rai Trade

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