Face Painters

When an undertaker, haunted by a questionable past, succumbs to dementia, his illiterate son reluctantly brings in his slick brother to save the business but confronts an even greater adversary along the way — his own past.
Face Painters is a dual narrative, multi-generational epic set in two eras in the lives of the Gravetti family.

The present is 1963 Brooklyn. Luca is losing his battle with dementia, and Buono, a masterful casket maker and full-blown illiterate, must juggle both the family’s ailing funeral home and his dear father. When bills start piling up and the hearse is repossessed, Buono succumbs and reluctantly brings in his estranged brother, Michael—with all the smarts of a Wall Street whiz kid, but plagued by booze and racist dogma. The two immediately clash over how best to run the business—by Buono’s traditional ways, or with Michael’s modern-day vanity of profits above all. Meanwhile, an infamous event triggers one last memory in Luca, setting him off on a journey of love and redemption.

The past is 1928 Tuscany. Buono reminisces about his childhood and his family’s last days before immigrating to America. Luca finds a chance to finally gain his father’s respect by rebuilding a chapel for the impoverished peasants, but when a scheming bishop demands even more, a local strong-arm is rebuffed. Luca disregards his family’s dire warnings, seduced by the praise of the villagers and ignoring the ominous powers heading their way. This culminates in one of the most traumatic experiences Buono can remember as a child, a life-changing event that makes him and his family an even greater target for revenge and catapults him to manhood well beyond his grasp.

  • Giovanni Sanseviero
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pittori di Volti
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  • 21st Annual Moondance Intl. Film Festival
    Boulder, Colorado
    November 1, 2020
    Best Feature Screenplay of 2020
  • London Independent Film Awards
    London, England
    March 27, 2020
    Best Original Screenplay Feature
  • Los Angeles Reel Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 1, 2020
    Honorable Mention Award
  • Dreamanila Intl. Film Festival
    Manila, Philippines
    May 10, 2020
    Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • Queen Palm Intl. Film Festival
    Palm Springs, CA
    June 11, 2020
    Silver Award Winner, Best Dialogue Feature Script
  • The Indie Gathering International Film Festival
    Cleveland, OH 44102
    July 1, 2020
    Honorable Mention Award
  • 11th Annual Los Angeles Movie Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 18, 2020
    Honorable Mention Award
  • 12th Annual Williamsburg Intl. Film & Music Competition
    Brooklyn, NY
    September 22, 2020
    1st Place Screenplay Competition
  • Northern Virginia Intl. Film & Music Festival
    Fairfax, VA
    March 29, 2020
    Nominated, Best Screenplay Drama
  • Los Angeles Film and Script Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    November 7, 2020
    Honorable Mention Award
  • Bergen Intl. Film Festival
    Bergen, NJ
    August 5, 2020
    Nominated, Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • Lonely Wolf: London Intl. Film Festival
    London, England
    November 1, 2020
    Nominated, Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • KinoDrome Motion Picture & Screenplay Festival
    Cleveland, OH
    September 27, 2020
    Bronze Award Feature Screenplay Competition
  • Toronto Indie Film Awards
    Toronto, Canada
    April 20, 2020
    Nominated, Best Feature Screenplay
  • World Cinema, Milan
    Milan, Italy
    November 5, 2020
    Nominated, Best Screenplay Feature
  • Thinking Hat Fiction Challenge
    Punjab, India
    November 19, 2020
    Best Feature Screenplay Dialogue
  • 8th Annual Northeast Film Festival
    Teaneck, NJ
    December 5, 2020
    Best Unproduced Screenplay Feature
  • Metropolitan Film Festival of NYC LA
    Los Angeles, CA
    January 4, 2021
    Honorable Mention Award
  • Gold Star Movie Awards
    Newark, NJ
    January 3, 2021
    Best Dramatic Screenplay
  • Prague Intl. Film Festival
    Prague, Czech Republic
    January 9, 2021
    Best Feature Script
Writer - Giovanni Sanseviero