Mischa Barton Cast in Crime Thriller HOPE LOST
AMBI Pictures, the movie development, finance and production company owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, today announced that Danny Trejo ("Machete," "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Mischa Barton ("The O.C.' "The Sixth Sense"), Michael Madsen ("'Reservoir Dogs," "Kill Bill," "Donnie Brasco") and Daniel Baldwin ("Vampires," "Born on the 4th of July") have signed on to star in the crime thriller "Hope Lost."
An intense thriller tackling prostitution and sex trafficking, the film is being directed by David Petrucci from a screenplay written by Francesco Trento, Damiano Giacomelli and Francesco Teresi in collaboration with Loretta Tersigni. Additional cast include Andrey Chernishov, Francesca Agostini and Alessia Navarro.
Principal photography will commence this month in Rome. Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are producing the film through their AMBI Pictures banner. Cosetta Turco is also a producer and Danielle Maloni is executive producer.
"Hope Lost" revolves around Sofia (Francesca Agostini), a beautiful 20 year old girl leading a somewhat boring life in her small native town in Romania and dreaming a different life, anything close to the characters of Italian soap operas.
Sofia's life is drastically changed after meeting Gabriele (Andrey Chernishov) in a club one night and being swept off her feet. That very same night she leaves her country with Gabriele for Italy to take part in a reality show Gabriele claims to be involved with.
Reality hits Sofia very hard, as in truth she is sold by Gabriele to Manol (Michael Madsen), a pimp, and forced tsell her body in the streets by Manol's lackeys - Fabian and Marius (Danny Trejo).
Sofia's once boring life becomes the worst hell ever where the only glimmer of light is the friendship of Alina (Mischa Barton), another whore like herself, and Eva, a strange client.
Sofia and Alina are doomed to a yet worse scenario as they are bought by Ettore (Daniel Baldwin), a brutal man who intends to torture them in a snuff movie. With only a mare hope of survival, the two girls can only escape death through Eva's Agency.
"Hope Lost" is the latest film to be added to the proliferating AMBI slate. Iervolino and Lady Bacardi are currently working on the Barry Levinson directed drama "The Humbling," starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest. Iervolino and Bacardi are co-producers - producing alongside Al Pacino, Jason Sosnoff and Ged Dickersin. "The Humbling" is a story set on a farm in upstate New York that centers on the sexual (and otherwise) relationship between an aged, suicidal actor and a younger woman.