(AGI) Rome, Oct 9 - "Suburra", a film by Stefano Sollima,paints a picture of a dark city, which could hardly be darkerat midnight in the rain. It is full of evil people and is inthe hands of crime and corrupt politicians, the police standout by their absence and even senior members of the clergy areenmeshed in criminal activities. The film is loosely based onthe book of the same name by Giancarlo De Cataldo and CarloBonini who helped Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia write thescreenplay. It was produced by Cattleya and RAI Cinema andstars Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Amendola, Elio Germano,Alessandro Borghi, Greta Scarano, Giulia Elettra Gorietti andAdamo Dionisi. It opens in 500 cinemas on Oct.14. It will alsobe available on Netflix in the U.S., making "Suburra" thewidest distributed Italian film in history. The film recountsthe intrigue of power and violence behind a vast urban projectto build a Las Vegas style residential district in Ostia, onthe coast near Rome, called Waterfront, including manyprominent characters caught up in the recent "Mafia Capitale"scandal. These include former members of the Banda dellaMagliana crime gang, Massimo Carminati, who De Cataldo andBonini portray in the character of the Samurai (ClaudioAmendola). Following the canons of the noir genre, "Suburra"depicts the almost animalistic struggle between two violentgangs: the Ostia group led by "Number 8", played by AlessandroBorghi, star of "Don't be Evil", by Claudio Caligari, andRome's gypsies led by Manfredi Anacleti (Adamo Dionisi). TheSamurai is the real "Rome boss" and the linkman with theCamorra and the powers that be in the Waterfront project. Thenthere is the political world, wholly corrupt, ugly and immoral,represented by the Right Hon. Filippo Malgradi (PierfrancescoFavino). The minor characters are more victims of their ownambitions than of the criminals, such as the weak and cowardlySebastiano (Elio Germano) who pimps the prostitute Sabrina(Giulia Elettra Gorietti) who believed him to be a friend.Finally, there is Viola (Greta Scarano), the girlfriend of"Number 8", a drug addict truly in love with her man, for whomSollima (in a departure from the book) reserves an importantand unexpected destiny. "Suburra" is a story about the city andpower," the director explained at the press conference. "Webegan working two and a half years ago with the idea of makingan allegorical and symbolic film, not a chronicle. I wanted tomake a kind of gangster movie, a slightly driven urban noir: agenre film for which I also used the camera in a particularway, with long shots.".