The Canadian crime-thriller BURNING MUSSOLINI was chosen for Official Selection at the Montreal World Film Festival. Conrad Pla, star of Hit TV series “ReGenesis,” premiered his self-written, directorial debut on Monday, August 25, followed by a second screening on Tuesday, August 26. BURNING MUSSOLINI was picked up back in November 07 for worldwide distribution by Quantum Releasing and was just sold to Movie Network (Canadian paid TV).
Cast includes “Dexter” star David Zayas, “ReGenesis” co-stars Peter Outerbridge and Conrad Pla, as well as Chelah Horsdal of “Stargate SG-1” and Gemini Award winner Richard Chevolleau (The Eleventh Hour). Producers of the film are Tommy Groszman of F.A.T. Productions and Eric Gozlan of Reel Entertainment, and real estate developer and professional kickboxer Michel Lavallee serves as Executive Producer.
“On behalf of the whole cast and crew,” exclaimed producer Groszman, “I am proud that this picture – on a modest budget – has been realized and that it’s debut is at the Montreal Film festival, our home town. The fact that this picture is getting so much attention so quickly is a testament to the talent and efforts of our team and the dedication and vision of our leader, multi-talented (writer, director & lead actor) Conrad Pla. The wisdom and courage of my producing partners, Eric Gozlan and Michel Lavallee, and the experience and savvy of our distributor Quantum Releasing is what made it possible for us to Burn Mussolini in Montreal!”
Writer/Director Pla adds, “The film was shot in MontreaI, and I am extremely excited to showcase it here, where the writing came to life.”
“The effort and talent put forth for this film was incredible,” expressed Producer Eric Gozlan. “We’re thrilled to finally see this great accomplishment on the big screen and share it with everyone.”
BURNING MUSSOLINI tells the stylistic story of Paul Choquino, an ex-boxer with a checkered past, who decides to finance his upcoming wedding by robbing reputed drug lord Benito “Mussolini” Bonaci. What looks like a simple stick up goes horribly wrong resulting in four homicides. With the police now investigating the murders, Paul’s freedom may be at stake – the least of his worries. As members of his gang begin to die, Paul is not sure if the mob is responsible or one of the members of his own posse who now has a huge motive to keep the others silent. Either way he could be next.