The crime drama catches up with the modern-day Brooklyn mob as the son of a murdered mobster tries to carry on a family tradition honoring his late dad.
On the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, Giovanni reluctantly accepts the task of bringing a cake to the home of his uncle, a mob boss, for a celebration.
While Gio tries to take his mom’s birthday cake to his uncle’s house, he runs into everyone from FBI informants to other mobsters as he tries in vain to avoid the violence that has surrounded him his whole life.
Here’s the trailer:
The Birthday Cake’s official synopsis reads:
“On the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) brings a birthday cake prepared by his mother (Lorraine Bracco) to a memorial celebration hosted by his uncle Angelo (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father all those years ago, coming face to face with a kind of violence he has been trying to avoid his whole life.”
Shiloh Fernandez stars as Gio, with a huge ensemble cast including Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ewan McGregor, William Fichtner, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Vincent Pastore, Luis Guzmán, Jeremy Allen White, and Emory Cohen.
The film is directed by filmmaker Jimmy Giannopoulos, making his first feature film after one short film previously.
Screen Media will debut The Birthday Cake in select theaters and on VOD starting June 18th.