THE TRAITOR
IL TRADITORE
2019, Sony Pictures, 152 min, Italy/France/Germany/Brazil, Dir: Marco Bellocchio

From veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT) comes the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, former made mobster turned Mafia informant. Set in Sicily in the 1980s, THE TRAITOR begins amid an all-out war between two Sicilian mafia bosses. Feeling the escalating pressure as his allies begin to be picked off, Buscetta flees to Brazil, where he faces a decision that will change the entire history of the Italian mob. Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fausto Russo Alesi star in this riveting crime drama, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. “THE TRAITOR is big, bold, confident film-making.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


VOLARE
TUTTO IL MIO FOLLE AMORE
2019, Rai Com, 97 min, Italy, Dir: Gabriele Salvatores

Sixteen years have passed since Vincent was born and those years have not been easy for anyone - not for the boy, immersed in a world of his own, nor for his mother and her partner. Missing from the picture is Vincent’s biological father, Willi, who has spent his life pursuing music rather than settling down with a child. The dour situation changes when Willi finally musters up the courage to meet his son; what awaits the two of them is a spontaneous three-month motorbike journey from the U.S. to South America. Starring Claudio Santamaria, Valeria Golino, Diego Abatantuono and Giulio Pranno.


THE VICE OF HOPE
IL VIZIO DELLA SPERANZA
2019, True Colors, 100 min, Italy, Dir: Edoardo De Angelis

A follow-up to Edoardo De Angelis’ 2016 critically acclaimed INDIVISIBLE, THE VICE OF HOPE follows Maria (Pina Turco), a young woman involved in human trafficking. Maria’s job within the criminal enterprise is a grim one: She shepherds pregnant African prostitutes, whose babies are sold as soon as they are born. Given her own grueling past as a hustler, Maria is largely resigned to her miserable work - until an unexpected circumstance offers a glimmer of hope. Set in the same Camorra-infested Neapolitan coastal towns as such films as GOMORRAH and DOGMAN, THE VICE OF HOPE is an uncompromising, yet ultimately optimistic look at some of the darkest corners of society. “While dealing with actual social problems of criminality and gendered poverty, [the film] manages to avoid the dull, prescriptive social realism so typical of ‘issue pictures.’” - Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope.


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