Italy, Germany, France, Brazil


In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: He decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.

Director's Biography

Born in Bobbio, near Piacenza, Marco Bellocchio had a strict Catholic upbringing – his father was a lawyer, his mother a schoolteacher. He began studying philosophy in Milan but then decided to enter film school, making his first film, FISTS IN THE POCKET, funded by family members and shot on family property, in 1965.Bellocchio's films include IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER – a satire on a Catholic boarding school that shares affinities with Lindsay Anderson's IF .... (1972) and MY MOTHER'S SMILE (2002), which told the story of a wealthy Italian artist, a 'default-Marxist and atheist', who suddenly discovers that the Vatican is proposing to make his detested mother a saint.In 1995 he directed a documentary about the Red Brigades and the kidnapping of Aldo Moro, entitled BROKEN DREAMS. In 2003, he directed a feature film on the same theme, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT. He finished SORELLE MAI, an experimental film that was shot over ten years with the students of six separate workshops playing themselves.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Marco Bellocchio

Written by: Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella, Francesco Piccolo

Produced by: Giuseppe Caschetto, Simone Gattoni

Cinematography: Vladan Radovic

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Production Design: Andrea Castorina

Costume Design: Daria Calvelli

Make-Up & Hair: Alberta Giuliani, Dalia Colli, Lorenzo Tamburini

Original Score: Nicola Piovani

Sound: Gaetano Carito, Adriano Di Lorenzo

Visual Effects: Rodolfo Migliari

Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino (Tommaso Buscetta), Maria Fernanda Candido (Cristina Buscetta), Luigi Lo Cascio (Salvatore Contorno), Fausto Russo Alesi (Giovanni Falcone), Fabrizio Ferracane (Pippo Calò)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Film 2019
  • European Director 2019
  • European Actor 2019
  • European Screenwriter 2019
  • Feature Film Selection 2019