Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese teams up again with Leonardo DiCaprio (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed) for this psychological thriller set in a mental hospital for the criminally insane. Their next film together is The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt in which DiCaprio plays the US president (1901-09).
Shutter Island features an impressive cast including Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Mark Ruffalo ( Where the Wild Things Are), Michelle Williams ( Brokeback Mountain) and Jackie Earle Haley (the new Freddy Kruger in the upcoming version of A Nightmare on Elm Street).
The film, set in the Gothic fortress-like Medfield State Hospital in Massachusetts closed in the 1960s, authentically depicts the morbid mental asylums.
Scorsese was inspired by film noir classics, such as Otto Preminger's Laura and Roman Polanski's Repulsion, for the tension, plot twists, and sinister situation.
DiCaprio will next be seen in the July release Inception, a sci-fi thriller directed by Christopher Nolan ( The Dark Knight). Scorcese's upcoming projects are Silence starring Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal and an untitled documentary about The Beatle George Harrison to join his recent musical features No Direction Home (Bob Dylan), and Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones).
The director also revealed plans at the Berlinale for another Mafia film with Robert De Niro on "something that has to do with that world."