Archive of films The Traitor / Il traditore

Italy / France / Germany / Brazil
2019, 145 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2019

Among the Sicilian Mafia, collaborating with the law amounts to treason, which is punishable by death and the eradication of the traitor’s entire family. And yet in 1986, Cosa Nostra member Tommaso Buscetta became a key witness in a grand Mafia trial.


In 1986 Cosa Nostra wiseguy Tommaso Buscetta became a key witness in Italy’s first great Mafia trial, prosecuted by organized crime fighter Giovanni Falcone. Despite the possibility that his entire family might be killed (snitching was treason to the Mafia), prosecutor Falcone made the imprisoned Buscetta an offer he didn’t refuse. In his latest work, award-winning Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio focuses on the story of the first pentito, who helped bring 300 Mafia leaders to justice while uncovering ties to political circles. More than just a biopic, Bellocchio’s film recently represented Italy in competition at Cannes.

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Marco Bellocchio (b. 1939, Bobbio, Italy). Selected filmography: Fist in His Pocket (I pugni in tasca, 1965), Slap the Monster on Page One (Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina, 1972), Victory March (Marcia trionfale, 1976), Henry IV (Enrico IV, 1984), Good Morning, Night (Buongiorno, notte!, 2003), Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni, 2016), The Traitor (Il traditore, 2019)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella, Francesco Picollo
Dir. of Photography: Vladan Radovich
Music: Nicola Piovani
Editor: Francesca Calvelli
Art Director: Andrea Castorina
Producer: Beppe Caschetto
Production: IBC Movie, Kavac Film, Rai Cinema, Gullane, Ad Vitam Production, Match Factory Production
Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Candido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Nicola Calí
Sales: The Match Factory
Distributor: Aerofilms


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