Archive of films Mafia Kills Only in Summer / La mafia uccide solo d'estate

2013, 90 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

A filmmaker who goes by the pseudonym Pif has successfully joined elements of Italian comedy with a dramatic portrayal of Mafia crimes. Young Arturo believes in those who deride the Mafia’s activities in his native Palermo, yet he gradually abandons his naïve faith in the rectitude of certain politicians. Unusually constructed, the film won the Audience Award at Torino, following it up with success at the box office.


The coexistence of the inhabitants of Palermo with the ever-present if indivisible Mafia is viewed through the eyes of young Arturo, who believes everyone who plays down the seriousness of the Mafia’s activities. Growing up, he idolizes Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, relinquishing his belief in the politician’s rectitude as slowly as he accepts total romantic failure with his beloved Flora. The Cosa Nostra itself takes great pains to change his view of the Mafia through a series of crimes that outraged the public from the 1970s to the early 1990s. Although constructed in the style of Italian comedy, the story takes on a convincingly dramatic tone as it presents the murders of policemen, investigators, and judges who were linked to the names of people who had the courage to stand up to the Mafia. As well, it uses period materials of the victims’ funerals to show the mass demonstrations of the citizenry’s anger. The director-lead actor approaches Arturo’s professional and romantic mess-ups with disarming self-irony, nipping the sentimental motif in the bud. This first feature from Pierfrancesco Diliberto, known by the pseudonym Pif, won the Audience Award at the 2013 Torino festival.

About the director

Pierfrancesco Diliberto

Pif (né Pierfrancesco Diliberto, 1972, Palermo), took courses at Media Practice in London. He worked as assistant director to Marco Tullio Giordano on the multi-award-winning The Hundred Steps (I cento passi, 2000). He then became known as the writer and moderator of televised review programs, and in 2011 he contributed to the MTV voting campaign "Io voto” ("I vote”). For his debut film, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer, he also wrote the script and enacted the main character.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Pierfrancesco Diliberto
Screenplay: Michele Astori, Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Marco Martani
Dir. of Photography: Roberto Forza
Music: Santi Pulvirenti
Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli
Producer: Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Mieli
Production: Wildside
Coproduction: RAI Cinema
Cast: Cristiana Capotondi, Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Alex Bisconti, Ginevra Antona
Contact: RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana S.p.A. - Direzione Commerciale


Pierfrancesco Diliberto

Film Director


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