1939: Rome stands on the brink of World War II. In the midst of this political and social tension famed producer Davide Rieta (Alfred Molina) is making a major film. The 2 lead actors, the German woman Kristina Baumgarten (Catherine McCormack) and the English man James Clavel (Jonathan Pryce) face each others' initial antagonism and eventually fall in love. Meanwhile the fascist police are looking for an excuse to arrest the Jewish filmmaker and any other potential "troublemakers." The producer and his crew decide to make one final extraordinary effort to complete the film - against all odds. Will they succeed? Will they get out of Fascist Italy before it's too late?