Interpreter Gaia (Francesca Cuttica) is offered a fortune by security forces to use her Chinese-language skills on a very special, highly secretive job. Her curiosity means she accepts and after being escorted to a secret location in Rome, she is locked inside a pitch-black room under the watchful eye of the domineering Inspector Curti (Ennio Fantastichini, Loose Cannons) where she is asked to interpret the harsh interrogation of the eponymous 'Wang'. But who exactly is the mysterious visitor and what does he want? Gaia uncovers some startling truths that not only jeopardise her position but could also threaten the future of Earth itself.
Inspired by cult Sci-Fi TV classics such as The Twilight Zone, V, and The X Files, and with a touch of The Man Who Fell To Earth and The Day The Earth Stood Still, Marco and Antonio Manetti's The Arrival of Wang (L'arrivo di Wang) takes refreshing new look at the genre, building intrigue and tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It's also a psychological drama that questions our conflicting attitudes towards trust, prejudice and xenophobia. The brothers have gained international acclaim as the rising starts of Italian genre cinema with films such as Zora the Vampire and Paura 3-D, which also stars Francesca Cuttica.
English language reviews are hard to track down due to the rarity of screenings outside of the film's Italian home base, but Screen-Space described it as "a low-key but compelling and unique work," while Eye for Film calle dit "a leftfield charmer you'd do well to catch." OK then.
The suggestively titled The Arrival of Wang is screening at Frightfest on Saturday 25th August in the presence of the Manetti Brothers who will also present their Italian box office hit, the neo-giallo Paura 3-D. It will then be made available on Video on Demand in September and be released on UK DVD on 8th October 2012 by Saffron Hill Films (a subsidiary of Peccadillo) at he RRP of £12.99.
UPDATE: The DVD will now be released on 22nd October 2012.
Extra features will include:
Behind the scenes featurette
Special effects featurette
Exclusive interviews with the Manetti Bros and Francesca Cuttica from Frightfest 2012.