The cold and sometimes sharp light of Northern Europe together with the fiery hues of a thriller where past and present mix and overlap. The Hanging Sun, the new Italian-British co-production Sky, Cattleya and Greenland, starts from a noir atmosphere, suggested by the novel Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbø from which it is taken, and by a protagonist who, in recent years, has shown how versatility is now one of its trademarks: Alessandro Borghi. In The Hanging Sun, directed by Francesco Carrozzini and scripted by Stefano Bises, Borghi is John, a man on the run after betraying his father Dad (Peter Mullan), a powerful crime boss.
To take shelter from him and his brother (Fred Schmidt), John heads for the far north, and finds shelter in the thick of the forest, near an isolated village in the far north where religion dominates. the sun never sets and people seem to belong to another era. Between him and his destiny there are only Lea (Jessica Brown Findlay), a woman in difficulty but with great strength, and her son Caleb (Raphael Vicas) a curious child with a pure heart. As the midnight sun blurs reality and imagination, John will have to face the past that haunts him by finding a way not only to move forward, but also to survive.
Filming is currently underway in Norway, between Alesund and Fosnavag, and involves a very rich cast which, in addition to Borghi and Brown Findlay, also includes Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Hunter) as twins Aaron and Nicolas, Fred Schmidt (Power Attack 3) in the role of Michael, John’s brother, and little Raphael Vicas (Grantchester) in the role of Caleb, the son of Lea. They are also joined by Peter Mullan (Braveheart – Fearless Heart) as Dad, John’s father, and Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Crown) who plays Jacob, Lea’s father. The Hanging Sun it will soon arrive at the cinema and will then be available as an absolute premiere on Sky and NOW in Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Austria. The film’s international distributor is NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.