Directed by Francesco Maselli (Storia DAmore, winner "Special Jury Prize" 1986 Venice Film Festival), former assistant to Michelangelo Antonioni (STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR, BLOW-UP), this searing black comedy is a brash example of Italys celebrated "cinema politico." The cause of a scandal at the time of its release, the film was almost banned and Masellis career nearly ruined. Despite its status as a cause célèbre, OPEN LETTER TO THE EVENING NEWS has languished in obscurity, denying Maselli his rightful place alongside the provocative likes of Francesco Rossi, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gillo Pontecorvo and Costa-Gavras. Financed by legendary Italian producer Franco Cristaldi (DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE, CINEMA PARADISO), OPEN LETTER TO THE EVENING NEWS features a rare performance by Nanny Loy, one of Italys top filmmakers. Also featured in the cast are Monica Strebel (SLAUGHTER HOTEL), Tanya Lopert (SATYRICON), Lorenza Guerrieri (Mario Bavas THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) and Graziella Galvani (Radley Metzgers CAMILLE 2000).
NoShames exclusive, uncut special 2 DVD edition has been prepared with the participation of Franco Maselli and includes the documentary FRAGMENTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, the controversial, award-winning filmmakers overview of Italian history featuring interviews with Virna Lisi and Claudia Cardinale.