The Traitor (Il traditore)



Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 8, 2019 8:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Thu, Oct 10, 2019 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:145 min.
Director:Marco Bellocchio
Producer:Beppe Caschetto
Screenwriter:Marco Bellocchio
Ludovica Rampoldi
Valia Santella
Francesco Piccolo
Valia Santella
Francesco Piccolo
Cinematographer:Vladan Radovic
Editor:Francesca Calvelli
Cast:Pierfrancesco Favino
Maria Fernanda Cândido
Fabrizio Ferracane
Luigi Lo Cascio
Fausto Russo Alesi
Nicola Calì
Print Source:Sony Pictures Classics
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


Veteran auteur Marco Bellocchio (Vincere) tackles the stranger-than-fiction tale of Tommaso Buscetta, a crime boss who became the late 20th century's most famous state's witness against the Mafia. Fleeing Sicily for Brazil to avoid murder charges, Buscetta—played with superb mastery by the charismatic Pierfrancesco Favino (Romanzo criminale)—gets apprehended by the local authorities and extradited to Italy, prompting him to do the unthinkable, becoming the highest ranked don to "sing" to the authorities. Spanning three decades, The Traitor trains its sights on Rome's infamous, six-year Maxi Trial, which exposed the inner workings of the Cosa Nostra, resulted in hundreds of arrests, largely thanks to Buscetta’s testimony. Masterfully juggling crime drama, politics, and gripping courtroom intrigue, Bellocchio brings brings impressive dramatic flourishes to the story, placing it squarely alongside canonical masterworks of the genre like Gomorrah and The Godfather.

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Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza, Italy. His debut feature, Fists in the Pocket (1965), was followed by, among others, China is Near (1967), In the Name of the Father (1971), The Eyes, the Mouth (1982), Henry IV (1984), Devil in the Flesh (1986), My Mother's Smile (2002), Good Morning, Night (2003), Vincere (2009), Dormant Beauty (2012), Blood of My Blood (2015), and Sweet Dreams (2016).