THE TRAITOR
IL TRADITORE
2019, Sony Pictures, 152 min, Italy/France/Germany/Brazil, Dir: Marco Bellocchio

From veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (FISTS IN THE POCKET, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT) comes the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, former made mobster turned Mafia informant. Set in Sicily in the 1980s, THE TRAITOR begins amid an all-out war between two Sicilian mafia bosses. Feeling the escalating pressure as his allies begin to be picked off, Buscetta flees to Brazil, where he faces a decision that will change the entire history of the Italian mob. Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio and Fausto Russo Alesi star in this riveting crime drama, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. “THE TRAITOR is big, bold, confident film-making.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.


THE DINNER
I NOSTRI RAGAZZI
2014, Film Movement, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Ivano De Matteo

This superb adaptation of Herman Koch’s bestseller will give any parent nightmares. Pediatrician Luigi Lo Cascio and lawyer Alessandro Gassmann dine together every week with their wives; they have a lot to talk about when video surfaces that could implicate their teenage kids in the death of a homeless woman. De Matteo skillfully plays on audience assumptions from start to devastating finish in this look at how close violence remains to even the most placid surface. In Italian with English subtitles.


MARINA
2013, Media Luna, 110 min, Belgium, Dir: Stijn Coninx

Director Stijn Coninx’s film tells the true story of Rocco Granata (Matteo Simoni), who moves with his family to Belgium in the late-1940s when his father (Luigi Lo Cascio) takes a job mining coal. The young man struggles in his new home until his dad encourages him to latch onto a dream. That dream is music, and the singer/accordionist goes on to top charts around the world with his song “Marina.” Based on the popular performer’s childhood memories, this rags-to-riches biopic has romance, laughs, drama and, of course, plenty of music. In Flemish, Italian and French with English subtitles.


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