MIFF | 8° Film Festival Internazionale di Milano - The truth about angels / Lichelli Lazar-Lea / Antonio Del Prete, Dree Hemingway, Simon Rex, Michael Azria, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Ivan Shaw, Candice Accola, Velinda Godfrey The truth about angels Antonio Del Prete, Dree Hemingway, Simon Rex, Michael Azria, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Ivan Shaw, Candice Accola, Velinda Godfrey
Struggling painter, Pablo Scelta (Antonio Del Prete), is at odds with his wife, Anna (Monique Curnen), who feels he’s not participating in the raising of their baby girl. At the start of the story Pablo gets a call from movie-star best friend, Kane Connor (Simon Rex), inviting him to a Hollywood party. Pablo jumps at the chance of escaping his home duties and goes. After picking up Pablo in his limo, Kane stops to pick up Ben G (Michael Azria), a Hollywood hipster who takes them to an exclusive party in an isolated Malibu mansion. Outside, Pablo sees a beautiful girl, Kristi (Dree Hemingway), and is instantly attracted to her. Later in the night, a drunken Pablo runs into Kristi again and is about to cheat on his wife when the reality that she’s young enough to be his daughter hits him. When Kristi starts acting strangely, Pablo suspects that she’s been drugged and that Ben G is the culprit. Becoming immediately protective of the girl, Pablo goes with Kristi to find somewhere for her to recover, only to lose her en route. A frantic search of the party ensues, but by the time Pablo finds her again she’s already been raped. Things come to a head when Pablo tries getting the injured girl to the hospital only to discovers that no one at the party is willing to put their neck on the line to help her and that he may be putting his own life in jeopardy...
Lichelli Lazar-Lea was born in Trinidad and raised in the South of England. She moved to California when she was eighteen and attend SFSU where she received a BA in Directing before relocating to Los Angeles to do an MFA in Producing at UCLA.
As a screenwriter Lichelli writes all genres, though she gravitates toward fish-out-of-water stories due to her diverse upbringing. She was awarded an honorable mention in the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for her caper-comedy screenplay, Killing Aunt Irma. Her psychological thriller The Left Hand was the 1st runner up at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Most recently she was a fellow in Bill Cosby’s “Guy A. Hanks & Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Program” during which she wrote the epic romance Haight & Ashbury, inspired by her mother’s love story with Jazz musician, Babatunde Lea.
As a writer-director Lichelli’s short film Fact or Fiction was a finalist in the DGA Minority Directing Awards. Her last short, Stranded, was the 1st runner up at the Junior Hollywood Radio and Television Society Film Festival and screened at the Palm Springs International Festival of Shorts and Market and at the Director’s Cut in NYC. Stranded was Lichelli’s first time working with Antonio Del Prete and its success enabled them to finance The Truth about Angels.