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Il Traditore (The traitor) by Marco Bellocchio



Il Traditore (The traitor) by Marco Bellocchio

As part of the 32th Edition of the AFI European Union Film Showcase, we are pleased to announce the screening of Il Traditore (The Traitor) by Marco Bellocchio

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.


Director: Marco Bellocchio
Italy/France/Brazil/Germany, 2019, 145 min
Film in English, Italian, Sicilian and Portuguese with English subtitles

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
8633 Colesville Rd 
Silver Spring, MD


PREVIEW (via YouTube)


Marco Bellocchio

marco bellocchioMarco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza, Italy. His debut feature, Fists in the Pocket (65), was followed by China is Near (67), In the Name of the Father (71), and Henry IV (84), among others. Many of his films have played the Festival, including The Eyes, the Mouth (82), Devil in the Flesh (86), My Mother's Smile (02), Good Morning, Night (03), Vincere (09), Dormant Beauty (12), Blood of My Blood (15), and Sweet Dreams (16). The Traitor (19) is his latest film.


AFI European Union Film Showcase

Now in its 32th edition, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to Washington, DC-area audiences. This year's selection of over 40 films includes international film festival award winners, European box office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries' official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Time: At 5:15 pm

Organized by : AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

In collaboration with : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Tickets for Sale


AFI Theatre and Cultural Center