KIDNAPPED: THE ABDUCTION OF EDGARDO MORTARA (2023)
Bologna, 1858. A well-to-do Jewish family suffers an unfathomable fate when their seven-year-old son, Edgardo, is ripped from their arms. Secretly baptized at birth by a concerned maid, he must now be raised a Catholic. Under instruction of the Papal State, which forbids Christians to be raised by non-Christians, he is abducted and taken to the Vatican to be put under the care of Pope Pius IX himself. An international scandal ensues as his parents (Fausto Russo Alesi and Barbara Ronchi) desperately fight for the return of their son and the safeguarding of his heritage. Caught in the crossfire of a brewing revolution, the Pope refuses to acquiesce, only fueling the flames for those demanding an end to his theocratic rule. Based on true events, celebrated Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio's (THE TRAITOR, 2019 AFI European Union Film Showcase) riveting portrait of power and faith is a lavishly lensed, heartbreaking melodrama enhanced by flashes of surrealism. Official Selection, 2023 AFI FEST, Cannes, Toronto and New York film festivals. DIR/SCR Marco Bellocchio; SCR Susanna Nicchiarelli; PROD Beppe Caschetto, Paolo Del Brocco, Simone Gattoni. Italy/France/Germany, 2023, color, 134 min. In Italian, Hebrew and Latin with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.