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The First Glimpse of Johnny Depp’s ‘Modi,’ Backed by the Red Sea Film Foundation and Starring Academy Award Winner Al Pacino

February 7, 2024

Behind the Scenes: Johnny Depp’s Directorial Comeback with the biopic film ‘Modi’, starring Al Pacino and Supported by the Red Sea Film Foundation.

in his highly anticipated return to directing, with the support of the Red Sea Film Foundation, Hollywood star Johnny Depp has revealed the first behind-the-scenes images of his anticipated directorial project ‘Modi.’ The film, backed by the Red Sea Film Foundation through Red Sea International Film Financing, unveils Al Pacino’s presence in the film, portraying the French art collector Maurice Gangnat.

‘Modi’ marks a significant return for Hollywood star Johnny Depp to the directing scene after a hiatus of over 25 years. The film features an ensemble cast of global stars including Riccardo Scamarcio, Antonia Desplat, Stephen Graham, Bruno Gouery, Ryan McParland, Luisa Raineri, Sally Phillips, alongside Al Pacino, who reunites with Depp for the first time since the 1997 release ‘Donnie Brasco.’

The film narrates the life of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani over a tumultuous 48-hour period, depicting a series of thrilling and turbulent events in the streets and alleys of war-torn Paris during World War I. Modi, amidst a police chase and despite his intense desire to end his artistic career and leave the city, faces opposition from his Bohemian peers: French artist Maurice Utrillo, the Belarusian-born Chaim Soutine, and his English muse and lover, Beatrice Hastings. Seeking advice from his Polish art dealer friend, Leopold Zborowski, Modi’s situation escalates when he encounters an art collector who could alter the course of his life.

The Red Sea Film Foundation has supported several international films through the Red Sea International Film Financing. This includes ‘Ferrari,’ which opened the Venice Film Festival and received two Oscar nominations for American director Michael Mann, along with the spy thriller ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ by renowned British director Guy Ritchie, set during World War II.

 (Photo credit: Sam Sarkar, Leo Pinter)