Los Angeles, CA, United States.
‘The Plague Doctor’ movie has just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to help fund pre-production for the project and to find its real audience. ‘The Plague Doctor’ is a psychological thriller, with dark themes, set in Venice, Italy. The movie gathers inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’. The film is based on history and legends surrounding the mysterious island of Poveglia, in Venice, Italy. The main character is a young doctor named Mattia who will find his story interlaced with the legend of the island where, in the seventeenth century, thousands of people suffering from the bubonic plague were abandoned by plague doctors to die.
Born in 1986, on the adjacent island of Lido, ‘The Plague Doctor’ director, Emanuele Mengotti, could see the mysterious island of Poveglia from the window of his room. After moving to Los Angeles in 2011 to further his experience as a director, he worked tirelessly to transform the island that haunted his nights, when he was a child, into a feature film. In 2012, in Venice, Italy, along with a group of Venetian artists, he filmed the teaser for ‘The Plague Doctor’, which was then selected in several film festivals around the globe.
“The first time I had the idea for ‘The Plague Doctor’ was 7 years ago. I was living abroad for the first time, in London, and the distance from Venice probably pushed me to write a story set in the Venetian lagoon,” Emanuele Mengotti stated.
Luca Nemolato, concept artist and art director who made his career working in projects such as ‘Westworld’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’, joined the project early in 2016, after visiting picturesque Venice for the first time.
When talking about the project, Luca mentions the beauty of the city, “What appealed to me was that, first of all, the story is set in beautiful Venice and especially in Poveglia, a place that nobody has ever made a movie about. I was so amazed by the city, the lights and colors reflecting in the beautiful canals and the maze of stone hallways; it was such an unique place, especially at night when its true magical and mystical atmosphere can be seen. I fell in love with it!”
Emanuele Mengotti currently works as a director/producer and is based in Los Angeles, CA. He has worked in numerous projects, including ‘Hallucinaut’, a short film produced by Terry Gilliam.
To watch ‘The Plague Doctor’ teaser, find out more about the campaign and contribute: www.indiegogo.com/at/plaguedoc/x/15768547
The Plague Doctor Movie
Directed by: Emanuele Mengotti
Produced by: Sybilla Odenheimer
Art Direction by: Luca Nemolato