The Traitor (Il traditore)


Vogue Theatre Fri, Nov 22, 2019 6:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:135 min.
with English subtitles
Director:Marco Bellocchio
Producer:IBC Movie
Rai Cinema
Ad Vitam
Match Factory Productions
Arte France
Screenwriter:Marco Bellocchio
Ludovica Rampoldi
Valia Santella
Francesco Piccolo
Cinematographer:Vladan Radovic
Editor:Francesca Calvelli
Music:Nicola Piovani
Cast:Pierfrancesco Favino
Maria Fernanda Cândido
Fabrizio Ferracane
Luigi Lo Cascio
Fausto Russo Alesi
Nicola Calì


Veteran auteur Marco Bellocchio (Vincere) ignites the screen with an incendiary Mafia drama about Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), the man who brought down Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980’s, an all-out war rages between cut-throat Sicilian mafia bosses. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees Italy to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing that he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a move that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone (Fausto Russo Alesi) and betray the eternal vow he made to Cosa Nostra, which leads to the notorious Maxi Trial. The Traitor was nominated for the Palme D’Or at Cannes and is Italy’s submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Foreign Language Film. Special thanks to Sony Pictures Classics.

Co-presented by SFFILM.

Additional Information

From teenage rebellion to religious institutions to political subversion, the films of Italian director Marco Bellocchio have explored the social and political contradictions of his country. His prolific 50-year career has been closely intertwined with the complexities and discrepancies of Italian history. Bellocchio’s works are known for being politically-engaged and often attacking symbols of Italian conformism. 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 1970s, Bellocchio’s cinema explored the political tumult of the time. He denounced religion with 1971’s In the Name of the Father and the military with 1976’s Victory March. From the 1980s on, Bellocchio’s films have often focused on coming to terms with a personally and politically turbulent past. He has questioned ideologies and moral issues and fought to make sense of his characters’ motives. His films compose a rich, fascinating and humane investigation of Italian life, whether modern or historical. 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 1960s 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.