Never released in America, Avati Pupi’s gothic masterwork takes place in 18th century Italy, where a seminary student flees to a remote castle after being accused of bewitching a young girl. Upon his arrival, he discovers he has been hired to serve a defrocked priest who is rumored to dabble in the black arts, and his first assignment is to dispose of the body of the previous assistant. Terror turns to fascination, obsession and eventually back to terror as the student is drawn into a dangerous quest for forbidden knowledge. — Los Angeles Film Festival
Giuseppe Avati, better known as Pupi Avati (born 3 November 1938), is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter.
Pupi Avati was born in Bologna in 1938. After attending the faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna, he started working in a frozen food company. At the same time he developed a passion for jazz, becoming an amateur musician as a clarinetist. In the second half of the 1950s he formed and played in the Doctor Dixie Jazz Band, which saw also Lucio Dalla as member.
He intended to pursue a professional career as a musician but, after realising that he was not talented enough, in the mid 1960s he decided to dedicate himself to cinema, his other love, after seeing Federico Fellini’s 8½ and its portrait of the role of a director.
His ambitions and passion for music will be however a recurrent theme of his production, as well as the love for his hometown, where he set many of his movies.
His production as a director includes… read more