TRAITOR, THE (2019)
Veteran Italian master Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET, VINCERE) crafts a gangster epic for the ages with this powerful profile of real-life mafia boss-turned-pentito Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino, ANGELS AND DEMONS, WORLD WAR Z), whose work as an informant led to the infamous six-year Maxi trial and to the largest, most public prosecution of the Sicilian mafia in Italian history. After leaving Palermo for Brazil in the 1980s to escape a brewing crisis among feuding strands of the Cosa Nostra, Buscetta is eventually arrested and sent back to Italy to await punishment for his crimes. When he discovers that, in his absence, members of his family, including his own son, have been used as pawns in the mafia's ongoing drug war, Buscetta begins to feel that his former associates have betrayed the Cosa Nostra's code. Reluctantly, he agrees to testify against them, striking a bargain with the ill-fated judge Giovanni Falcone (Fausto Russo Alesi, VINCERE) that will change the history of organized crime in Italy and across the world. Winner, Best Director and Best Original Score, 2019 Italian Golden Globes; Official Selection, 2019 Cannes, Busan, Toronto, New York and Chicago film festivals. DIR/SCR Marco Bellocchio; SCR Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi, Francesco Piccolo; PROD Beppe Caschetto, Viola Fügen, Simone Gattoni, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane, Alexandra Henochsberg, Michael Weber. Italy/France/Brazil/Germany, 2019, color, 145 min. In English, Italian, Sicilian and Portuguese with English subtitles. RATED R
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