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The Traitor

Il traditore

Marco Bellocchio

Italian, EnglishEnglish SubtitlesItaly2019145 min


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For all its extravagance, this engrossing spectacle of a drama from Italian co-writer/director Marco Bellocchio (Vincere, DFF32) is based on the true story of Tommaso Buscetta—a made man turned informant whose collaboration with the Italian government led to a seven-year trial that toppled the Casa Nostra.

In the early 1980s, as all-out war rages between Sicilian mob bosses over the heroin trade, Buscetta decides to wash his hands of a lifetime of crime. He flees to Brazil to escape the business—but back home, the score for his desertion is being brutally settled. He watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed, knowing that distance can’t protect him and that he may well be next.

When, as expected, he’s arrested and extradited back to Italy, Buscetta makes a choice that’s not so expected: He agrees to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the vow of loyalty he made to the Mafia. This will change everything.

Sponsored by Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, Anna Maglione-Sie Endowment in Italian Culture University of Denver, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago, University of Denver College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Languages & Literatures, Silva Insurance, DC Pie CO

Producer: Beppe Caschetto, Viola Fügen, Simone Gattoni, Caio Gullane | Editor: Francesca Calvelli | Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic | Screenwriter: Marco Bellocchio, Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi, Francesco Piccolo, Francesco La Licata
Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Cândido
Additional Countries: France, Brazil, Germany

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