Netflix has set the global premiere date for 365 Days: This Day, the sequel to the worldwide hit Polish drama 365 Days. Check out the trailer.
In 365 Days, the first erotic romantic drama in what is to be a three-film series based on Blanka Lipinska’s “365 Days” trilogy, Sicilian Mafia boss Massimo (Michele Morrone, The Trial) kidnaps Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka), a woman from Warsaw, while she’s on holiday in Sicily. What he wants instead of ransom money is Laura herself. He’s been obsessed with her since seeing her on the beach five years ago, and now that he’s found her, he intends to keep her. So Massimo holds Laura hostage and gives her 365 days to fall in love with him. If she doesn’t, he will let her go. The film ends with a cliffhanger.
365 Days generated a fair amount of controversy after its global launch — with folks criticizing the toxic masculinity, misogyny, sexual violence, victim-blaming, and Stockholm Syndrome depicted in the two-hour film. (That many also compared it to the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, well, that could be a compliment or an insult, depending on your view of the Dakota Johnson-Jamie Dornan movies.) Still, plenty of people watched the film and propelled it into Netflix’s Top 10 in more than 90 countries after the streamer released it in June 2020.
The first sequel, 365 Days: This Day, features more steamy sexual encounters, along with bitter jealousies and dangerous betrayals. It finds Laura and Massimo’s lives being complicated by both his family ties and the mysterious man (newcomer Simone Susinna) who enters Laura’s life to win her heart and trust — at any cost. (Ooh!)
For author and series co-writer Blanka Lipinska, Laura’s journey is the heart of the “365 Days” story. In the second film, Laura goes through a transformation that brings changes in her relationship.
“This is undoubtedly a story about a woman. How we can be naive, blind, how much we love, how we learn from our mistakes and how we have an opportunity to correct them.
“My hope is that the audience will understand and see Laura’s new independence and how her life is impacted by the decisions she makes.
“I am proud because I created a story that is now known all over the world, proud of the actors for their dedication towards the project, and proud of the team that worked hard on the film. One thing I can promise you is that it’s not over yet!”
Lead actress Anna-Maria Sieklucka is excited for audiences to see a new dimension to Laura.
“This Day offers a fresh look at Laura’s character, she’s matured and there’s definitely some surprises. This instalment goes much deeper and tells us more about the relationship between the lovers. She’s stronger in this sequel.”
And lead actor Michele Morrone added:
“I’m beyond excited for fans to find out what is next for Laura and Massimo.”
Reprising their 365 Days roles in the new film are Magdalena Lamparska (How I Fell in Love with a Gangster) as Olga, Laura’s best friend and confidante, and Otar Saralidze (Ultraviolet) as Domenico, Massimo’s trusted lieutenant.
365 Days: This Day, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, April 27, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
Co-written by Mojca Tirs, Blanka Lipinska, and Tomasz Mandes, the film, shot in Poland and Italy, is directed by Barbara Białowąs and Tomasz Mandes. The producers are Ewa Lewandowska and Tomasz Mandes for Ekipa, and Maciej Kawulski for Open Mind One.
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