Falange Oplita was born in 2012, the brainchild of three filmmakers, Alessio Cherubini, Alex Lucchesi and Camilla Daldoss. In Derico, as in all of Falange’s projects, each member contributed their varying skills to fulfill the many roles needed to complete the film. Additional support was provided by Nicole De Luca, Zac Zanghellini, Jacopo Dellamaria, Daniele Ricci, Alberto Marconcini and Davide Cancila.
DERICO (directed by Alex Lucchesi)
is an experimental genre film. The original story by was written by Alex Lucchesi in 1998, but it would be 2012 before he was to start on the screenplay and storyboards. Principal photography began in 2013, but as the production was completely independent and self-produced by Falange Oplita, the film was not considered complete until February 2016. The need for a number of special locations and the setting of the film over several seasons also added to the length of the production.
Seen through the lens of noir, F. Derico, an Italian occultist, seeks an explanation in the disappearance of his colleague and friend, the writer Howard P. Lovecraft. In a letter written just days before Lovecraft’s disappearance, Derico receives a cryptic message hidden within the verses of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. A message concerning Lovecraft’s obsession with trespassing into the afterlife in his constant search for arcane knowledge.
Through a series of bizarre events, the investigation will reveal to Derico the terrifying reality: Warring forces of rival nations are converging, each seeking a portal that can unite the underworld with our own, a power they wish to wield in the impending war. To Derico and the brotherhood of his order, their arduous task is to keep these secrets hidden, and in doing so, save humanity.