Fantasy action in cinemas in Italy from October 28 Dampyr, the first work of director Riccardo Chemello, a co-production of Eagle Pictures, Sergio Bonelli Editore, the famous comic book publisher with its production arm Bonelli Entertainment, and Brandon Box, deals with the cult comic of the same name. The release in Italian cinemas will be simultaneous with the world premiere with casting to be held at Lucca Comics and Games. The film will indeed inaugurate the opening night of the famous community event dedicated to the world of entertainment.
Plot and Cast
The film tells the genesis of the character, published by Sergio Bonelli Editore in 2000 on the first two books of the 300 whose comic series on newsstands each month is composed so far, thus leaving the door open to the first Italian franchise completely in English . DAMPYR is set during the Balkan War in the early 1990s and follows the story of Harlan. Haunted by horrible nightmares, Harlan makes ends meet by posing as a Dampyr (in Slavic mythology, half-human, half-vampire) capable of freeing villages from what superstitious locals naively deem terrible curses linked to the vampire world. But summoned by soldiers attacked by bloodthirsty creatures, Harlan discovers the truth: he is indeed a Dampyr. Trying to face a terrible “Ruler of the Night”, Harlan must learn to manage his powers and discover his origins. He is accompanied by a renegade vampire and a soldier seeking revenge.
The film features an all-international cast in which Dampyr is Wade Briggs (Still Star Crossed, Please Like Me, “Foundation”, “His Dark Materials”), Stuart Martin and Emil Kurjak (“Jamestown”, “Medici”, “Crossing Lines ”) and Frida Gustavsson is Tesla (“Dröm”, “Eld Lagor”, “Arne Dahl”, “Vikings: Valhalla”). Alongside them, David Morrissey as Gorka (“Britannia”, “The Missing”, “Good Omens”, “The Walking Dead”), Sebastian Croft as Yuri (“Game of Thrones”, “Horrible Histories: The Movie”, “Doom Patrol”, “Heartstopper”) and Luke Roberts as Draka (“Game of Thrones”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Batman).
Dampyr – trailers and videos
- The film, based on the comic book series created by Mauro Boselli and Maurizio Colombo, is scripted by Mauro Boselli, Giovanni Masi, Alberto Ostini, Mauro Uzzeo.
- “Dampyr”, shot entirely in English, is an impressive production with a budget of more than 15 million dollars.
- This first film of the “Bonelli Cinematic Universe” has behind the scenes the best workers of Italian cinema: Hair Designer Giorgio Gregorini, Oscar for best make-up and hairstyle in the film suicide squadmakeup artist Francesca Galafassi (“Game of Thrones”, Ben-Hur), Vladimir “Furdo” Furdik as fight choreographer (Skyfall, “Game of Thrones”, “The Witcher”), Lubomir Misak as stunt coordinator ( “Game of Thrones”, The Last Legion, Kingdom of Heaven) and Giovanni Casalnuovo as costume designer (Wanted, Romeo & Juliet, Beowulf).
- In the comics, the physiognomy of the vampire hunter Harlan is inspired by that of the British actor Ralph Fiennes, also known for playing the dark wizard Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter saga and the Nazi officer Amon Göth in Schindler’s List – Schindler’s List.
The original comic
Sergio Bonelli Editore (SBE) is one of the most important comic book publishers in the world and Dampyr, created by Mauro Boselli and Maurizio Colombo, is one of the publishing house’s oldest and most successful characters, whose editorial direction is entrusted to Michèle Masiero. The “Bonelli Cinematic Universe” is part of the Bonelli Entertainment project, the production branch dedicated to the development of film and television projects based on its characters, loved by generations of readers, such as the animated series “Dragonero”, an international co-production with Rai Kids, Power Kids and NexusTV, and the 10-episode live action in a co-production between SBE and James Wan’s Atomic Monster dedicated to Dylan Dog.
According to the ancient beliefs of Slavic folklore, the dampyr is the child born of the union between a woman and a vampire. It is the only creature capable of slaying the Masters of the Night, their court of the undead, and the other creatures of darkness that haunt our world and others. Harlan Draka is a dampyr. But at first he doesn’t know he is. He knows he was born during the last world war but he seems to be twenty-five years old at the most. For reasons unknown to medical science, his body is indeed aging very slowly. He knows his mother died giving birth to him and thinks his father was an enemy soldier. During a merciless war that he was forced to wage, Harlan discovers that he is truly a dampyr, and that he is endowed with extraordinary powers. He then discovers that his father was a supernatural creature, belonging to the extraterrestrial line of the Masters of the Night. Although haunted by strange nightmares and his mysterious origins, Harlan is a badass. Tough, disenchanted, at times cynical and sarcastic, he is fundamentally an idealist and a romantic and has sworn to dedicate his life to fighting the race of darkness and evil that dominates the world. On his mission, he is accompanied by renegade vampire Tesla and ex-soldier Kurjak, who also support him in frequent confrontations with his father Draka, a Master of the Night to whom Harlan is bound in a love-hate relationship. The hunt for vampires leads the trio to visit the most varied places on Earth, from the dark cities of Central Europe to the sunny deserts of Africa, from the fire roads of urban jungles to the misty lands of the North, often finding themselves at war . scenarios or in the world of organized crime. Evil is everywhere, even in your own town. Even in the most intimate folds of reality.
Matter: Artusi Andrea, Baggi Alessandro, Barzi Davide, Bilotta Alessandro, Boselli Mauro, Marionettes Moreno, Cajelli Diego, Cavaletto Andrea, Cerfogli Corrado, Colombo Maurizio.
Film script: Artusi Andrea, Baggi Alessandro, Barzi Davide, Bilotta Alessandro, Boselli Mauro, Marionettes Moreno, Cajelli Diego, Cavaletto Andrea, Colombo Maurizio, Against Gianmaria.
Drawings: Ambu Fabiano, Andreucci Stefano, Artusi Andrea, Avogadro Max, Bacilieri Paolo, Baggi Alessandro, Barbieri Paolo, Bartolini Fabio,
Belardo Vanessa, Benevento Michele.
Covers: Andreucci Stefano, Baggi Alessandro, Dal Lago Alberto, Dotti Maurizio, Genzianella Nicola, Matteo Vattani, NO CURVES, Riboldi Enea, Rossi (Majo) Mario, Rossi Luca.
Photos and posters
PHOTO: Gianfilippo De Rossi