DARK GLASSES (2022) Dario Argento’s new giallo thriller will premiere in February


Dark Glasses, Dario Argento’s return to filmmaking after his disastrous Dracula 3D, will have its world premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival which is being held from February 10th to 20th 2022.

Meanwhile, sales for the new giallo thriller are being handled by Wild Bunch at the ongoing American Film Market (AFM).

Here’s our previous coverage of the movie:


Dark Glasses is a 2022 French-Italian giallo thriller film about a serial killer nicknamed “The Cellist” stalking a blind high-class call girl.

Directed by Dario Argento from a screenplay co-written with Franco Ferrini and Carlo Lucarelli. Co-produced by Conchita Airoldi, Asia Argento and Laurentina Guidotti. The soundtrack score is being composed by Louis Siciliano.

The Getaway Films/Urania Pictures co-production stars Ilenia Pastorelli, Guglielmo Favilla, Maria Rosaria Russo, Andrea Zhang, Fabrizio Eleuteri and Cristiano Simone Iannone.

The filmmaker’s daughter Asia Argento (Mother of Tears; The Stendhal Syndrome; Trauma) also has a role.


In Rome, a serial killer has strangled three prostitutes with cello rope. Nicknamed “The Cellist”, the murderer’s last rope is destined for Diana, a luxury escort who frequents the hotels of Via Veneto.

One night, the maniac chases driving a van and rams her, sending her crashing into another car. She awakens in the hospital, shrouded in darkness. The diagnosis is final: she lost her sight in the crash.


Rita, a young woman from the Blind Society, helps Diana with her first steps in the darkness and in her new life; in the meantime, the police investigate, unsuccessfully.

However, it won’t stop there. The Cellist must finish his work. Diana, helped by Chinese orphan Chin, can only try to escape. The cat and mouse game has just begun…

ScreenDaily has reported that Dark Glasses is being presold at the 2021 American Film Market (AFM) by the Wild Bunch company and provides the following plot background by Argento:

“Set against the backdrop of Rome and its surrounding countryside, it brings together the contrasting worlds of a high-class prostitute working in the chic hotels around Rome’s Via Veneto and a young boy hailing from the city’s Chinese community.

“She’s an adult and blind, he’s too young to get by on his own. In addition, two different cultures: she is Italian, the child is Chinese. This combination is the engine of Dark Glasses.

“The film represents my desire to explore two worlds: hers, we know it; his is more mysterious, and it will let us enter the neighbourhoods, houses and customs of the Chinese community in Rome, where they created a real Chinatown.”

Release date:

It is expected that Dark Glasses will be released early in 2022.


Based on a 2002 screenplay by Dario Argento and Franco Ferrini that was shelved when Cecchi Gori, the production company, filed for bankruptcy.

In an April 2020 update reported by The Film Stage, it was suggested that Daft Punk would be handling the soundtrack score: “They are my admirers, they know all my cinema,” Argento says. “They heard from French friends that I was shooting a new film and called me [to say], ‘We want to work with you.’”

Argento’s previous project The Sandman, with Iggy Pop slated to be its protagonist, languished in development since 2014.

Prior to this new project, Dario’s last film was the appallingly laughable Dracula 3D, the dreary Giallo (2009) and the lamentable late-in-the-day sequel The Mother of Tears (2007).

Confirmed cast and characters:

Asia Argento … Rita
Ilenia Pastorelli … Diana
Guglielmo Favilla … Jerry
Maria Rosaria Russo … Inspector Bajani
Andrea Zhang … Chin
Fabrizio Eleuteri
Cristiano Simone Iannone … Padre Eclissi

Italian title:

Occhiali neri

Working English-language title:

Black Glasses

Buy: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

More giallo thrillers


We initially posted about Dark Glasses on January 15, 2020.

MOVIES and MANIA is a truly independent website and relies solely on the very minor income generated by affiliate links and internet ads to stay online and expand. As an Amazon Associate, the owner of this website earns a tiny amount from qualifying purchases. Please support us by not blocking ads on our site. If you have blocked ads please consider making a small direct donation towards the hours and hours a day we spend updating the site and our running costs instead. Or Buy Me a Coffee via the link in the sidebar. Thank you. We really appreciate it.

Submit a comment or your own mini-review

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.