All new Walter Presents shows are greeted with a degree of anticipation here at Square Eyed World but some with a little more than others and – speaking personally I’ve been particularly looking forward to a couple of their new Italian acquisitions since they were first announced last July. So I’m delighted that we now have a premiere date for the first of those.
Based on a true story, a Sicilian prosecutor with a killer instinct for tracking down top Mafiosi soon becomes known as ‘The Hunter’ – but success will come at huge personal cost in WALTER PRESENTS: THE HUNTER (Il cacciatore).
It’s 1993 Italy and the mafia are at war as rival families fight for control of Palermo’s streets, causing bloodshed of the innocent. After years of street-level arrests, young and ambitious provincial prosecutor Saverio Barone finds the guts to stand up for what’s right, starting with turning in his own boss. This leads to bitterness amongst his colleagues, however the chief of Palermo’s Antimafia Pool takes notice and appoints Barone to his unit. He is uniquely equipped for the job, and thanks to a succession of spectacular raids and front-page arrests, three hundred Mafiosi will be taken into custody. But this obsession causes him to isolate himself from his partner who only recently gave birth to his daughter. Is going down in history worth risking the ones who love you most?
Lead actor Francesco Montanari – who viewers may also recognise from his role as Libanese in the series Romanzo Criminale – won Best Performance at Cannes International Series Festival for his role as Saverio Barone. The Hunter also won Best Crime Series at the Golden Umbrella TV Awards.
Here’s a trailer for the series:
Season 1 (12 episodes) is available on Walter Presents via All 4 from Friday, 16 April. The first episode premieres on Channel 4 on Sunday, 18 April at 11.00 PM.