Angel of Evil
|Angel of Evil|
|Directed by||Michele Placido|
|Produced by||Elide Melli|
|Written by||Carlo Bonini|
|Starring||Kim Rossi Stuart
|Music by||Davide Cavuti
|Distributed by||21st Century Fox|
|Running time||125 minutes|
|Country||Italy, France, Romania|
Angel of Evil (Italian: Vallanzasca – Gli angeli del male, also known as Vallanzasca - Angels of Evil) is a 2010 crime film directed by Michele Placido. It is based on the biography Il fiore del male. Bandito a Milano of bank robber Renato Vallanzasca, by Italian journalist Carlo Bonini.
Locked up in prison serving a life sentence for his crimes, an old Renato Vallanzasca (Kim Rossi Stuart) proceeds in the memories of a youth spent as head of a crime syndicate known as the chronicle Banda della Comasina, which raged in the '70s in Milan between robberies, kidnappings, murders and evasions.
- Kim Rossi Stuart as Renato Vallanzasca
- Filippo Timi as Enzo
- Paz Vega as Antonella D'Agostino
- Moritz Bleibtreu as Sergio
- Francesco Scianna as Francis Turatello
- Valeria Solarino as Ripalta Pioggia, aka Consuelo
- Monica Bîrlădeanu as Nicoletta
In 2008, 20th Century Fox showed a project of Renato Vallanzasca's movie to Michele Placido, proposing him to direct it. The director, initially uninterested, accepted the job only after being approached by Kim Rossi Stuart, who wanted to play the role of the protagonist. Placido spoke for the first time about it in a January 2009 interview, in which he announced his plans for the future, directing Vallanzasca and two other films.
20th Century Fox has taken care of Italian cinema distribution. Before being confirmed as the distribution company, the producers had thought of Medusa Film and Rai Cinema, but neither were interested in film studies and rejected the script. On July 12, 2010, Michele Placido said in a press release about the film that both houses had refused the rights acquisition because of the "hypocritical respectability" in Italy. Vallanzasca was originally planned to be theatrically released in Italy in October 2010, but 20th Century Fox delayed it a few months after, to December 17.
The film was released in the United States in 2011 with the title Angel of Evil.