In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home in Italy, scores are being settled, and Buscetta’s allies are killed off one after another. Arrested and then extradited by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change the entire story of the Mafia: He decides to meet with Judge Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.
About the director: Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1939. In 1959, he suspended his studies in philosophy at Milan’s Catholic University to enroll at the Experimental Center for Cinematography in Rome. He made several short films in the early 60s and studied at London’s Slade School of Fine Arts. Bellocchio was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival in 2011. His darkly funny debut feature, 1965‘s Fists in the Pocket, about an existentially-tormented teenager, is often credited with having anticipated the youth rebellion that would shake the foundations of Italian society. Throughout the 70s, Bellocchio‘s cinema explored the political tumult of the time. His films compose a rich, fascinating and humane investigation of Italian life, whether modern or historical.
Filmography: The Witches’ Sabbath (1988), The Conviction (1991), The Butterfly’s Dream (1994), The Prince of Homburg (1997), The Nanny (1999), My Mother’s Smile (2002), Good Morning, Night (2003), The Wedding Director (2006), Vincere (2009), Sorelle Mai (2010), Dormant Beauty (2012), Blood of My Blood (2015), Sweet Dreams (2016) and others