×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Floor 17

A<B>small, pulpy thriller centered on a time bomb ticking in a stuck elevator, "Floor 17" is a refreshing piece of no-budget Italo filmmaking. Helming duo the Manetti Brothers manage to maximize their less-than $100,000 budget with deft plotting and a pro cast. Modest yet stylishly engaging pic drummed up decent local biz on limited release March 3.</B>

With:
With: Giampaolo Morelli, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Enrico Silvestrin, Giuseppe Soleri, Antonino Iuorio, Massimo Ghini.

REMEMBER TO REMOVE THE HEADLINE AT THE VERY BOTTOM.

FLOOR 17

(ITALY)

A Moviemax release of a Gamp Produzioni production. Executive producers, Alessandro Passadore, Manetti Bros.

Directed by Manetti Brothers (Marco Manetti, Antonio Manetti). Screenplay, Giampaolo Morelli, Manetti Brothers, Anatole Pierre Fuksas. Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Fabio Amadei; editor, Federico Maneschi; music, Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi; production designer, Chiara Salviucci; costume designer Cinzia Luchetti. Reviewed at UCI Cinemas Marconi, Rome, March 10, 2006. Original title: Piano 17. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Giampaolo Morelli, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Enrico Silvestrin, Giuseppe Soleri, Antonino Iuorio, Massimo Ghini.

Asmall, pulpy thriller centered on a time bomb ticking in a stuck elevator, “Floor 17” is a refreshing piece of no-budget Italo filmmaking. Helming duo the Manetti Brothers manage to maximize their less-than $100,000 budget with deft plotting and a pro cast. Modest yet stylishly engaging pic drummed up decent local biz on limited release March 3.

After a bank heist near the Via Veneto goes awry, one of the robbers, Mancini (Giampaolo Morelli), is told to blow up an office in the bank’s headquarters. Two cohorts wait in a car while he enters an elevator dressed as a janitor with a time bomb concealed in a garbage can. On board the elevator, which suddenly stops, are sexy secretary Violetta (Elisabetta Rocchetti) and wimpy clerk Meroni (Giuseppe Soleri). Hereon, pic interweaves flashbacks, revealing, among other things, why one cohort, Pittana (Enrico Silvestrin), plotted to have Mancini explode between floors. Tighter than the Manettis’ debut (spoof “Zora the Vampire”), “Floor” could use a trim in the final reels and is let down by a feel-good finale. Technically, the pic is smooth, with crisp DV lensing and a pulsating trance score.

— Nick Vivarelli

Floor 17

Italy

Production: A Moviemax release of a Gamp Produzioni production. Executive producers, Alessandro Passadore, Manetti Bros. Directed by Manetti Brothers (Marco Manetti, Antonio Manetti). Screenplay, Giampaolo Morelli, Manetti Brothers, Anatole Pierre Fuksas.

Crew: Camera (color, DV-to-35mm), Fabio Amadei; editor, Federico Maneschi; music, Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi; production designer, Chiara Salviucci; costume designer Cinzia Luchetti. Reviewed at UCI Cinemas Marconi, Rome, March 10, 2006. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: With: Giampaolo Morelli, Elisabetta Rocchetti, Enrico Silvestrin, Giuseppe Soleri, Antonino Iuorio, Massimo Ghini.

More Film

  • New Fox Appoints Wayne Borg to

    New Fox Appoints Wayne Borg to Los Angeles Studio Role

    Wayne Borg, who has headed the Fox Studios Australia operations in Sydney for the past four years, has been appointed president and general manager of studios at New Fox. He will relocate from Australia to Los Angeles. Fox Studios Australia, which is to remain part of 21st Century Fox and will become part of Disney [...]

  • Lisa Borders Time's Up

    Time's Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

    Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday. Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to [...]

  • Keira Knightly as "Rachael Morgan" in

    Film Review: Keira Knightley in 'The Aftermath'

    Less widely seen (and acclaimed) than it deserved to be, James Kent’s debut feature “Testament of Youth” was one of the great recent love-in-wartime dramas, translating the intimate romance and sprawling human tragedy of Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir with a grace and heft worthy of its David Lean allusions. Four years on, it’s not hard [...]

  • Inside Amazon's New Feature Film Strategy

    Amazon's New Film Strategy: Straight-to-Service Titles and Starry Sundance Buys

    It was close to midnight when Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke got the text. The company had failed in its quest to acquire “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” a body image dramedy that captivated Salke when she saw it at Sundance. A sales agent on the project messaged her to say that a competitor offered a [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • TorinoFilmLab Announces Selections for 2019 ScriptLab

    TorinoFilmLab Announces Selections for 2019 ScriptLab (EXCLUSIVE)

    The TorinoFilmLab has announced the 20 feature projects and five story editor trainees who have been selected to take part in the 2019 edition of ScriptLab, an initiative focused on the development of fiction feature film scripts in early development stage. Beginning in March, this year’s participants will team up with filmmakers from around the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content