First Look: South American Neo-Giallo, Francesca


Francesca Portada

Director and producer and sibling pair Luciano Onetti & Nicolás Onetti, the Argentine duo behind last year’s intense, underseen neo-giallo Sonno Profondo (aka Deep Sleep) are back with another South American take on the beloved Italian subgenre, Francesca

Directed by Luciano Onetti, produced by Nicolás Onetti and written by both, Francesca is an Italian-language gialli. In the film, “It’s been 15 years since the disappearance of little Francesca, daughter of the renowned storyteller, poet and dramatist Vittorio Visconti, and the community is stalked by a psychopath bent on cleaning the city of ‘impure and damned souls.’ Moretti and Succo, questioned by the ineffectiveness of the police force, are the detectives in charge of elucidating the mystery surrounding these ‘Dantesque’ crimes. Francesca seems to have returned, but she is not the same girl everyone knew…’

The Onettis’ last film, Sonno Profondo, was a stylistic journey of perspective. Unfolding mainly from POV, the piece immersed you in their total homage and even subverted standard giallo expectations a bit. That film is now available from BRINKVision as Deep Sleep and comes highly recommended. For more on Francesca, see its first set of stills, below and follow the film on Facebook here