IFF14: The Code of Silence (Una femmina)


The Main 3 Sat, Mar 4, 2023 5:00 PM
Film Info
Original Title:Una femmina
Program:Italian Film Festival
Release Year:2022
Runtime:120 min
Family Drama
Director:Francesco Costabile
Producer:Pierpaolo Verga
Edoardo De Angelis
Attilio De Razza
Nicola Picone
Cinematographer:Giuseppe Maio
Screenwriter:Lirio Abbate
Serena Brugnolo
Adriano Chiarelli
Francesco Costabile
Editor:Stefano Mariotti
Composer:Valerio Camporini F.
Principal Cast:Lina Siciliano
Fabrizio Ferracane
Anna Maria De Luca
Simona Malato
Luca Massaro
Vincenzo Di Rosa
Mario Russo.



Q&A with Artistic Director Tommaso Cammarano

About The Code of Silence

An evocative drama inspired by true stories. Rosa (Lina Siciliano) is a young strong girl who lives with her relatives in a remote village in Calabria. Her mother’s mysterious death when she was still a child cast a gloomy shadow on her present. When the truth emerges, Rosa realizes that she is trapped in the same predestined fate, and decides to betray her family seeking revenge against her own blood. An impressive debut for Lina Siciliano offers a very realistic and convincing performance in Calabrese dialect. Una femmina, The Code of Silence, is dedicated to all the victims of the ‘Ndrangheta, but particularly to women, who not only need to fight the criminal system but also the patriarchal side of it, often putting themselves against their own families.

Based on the book Fimmine ribelli by journalist Lirio Abbate about true stories of women who stood up to the ‘Ndrangheta, Francesco Costabile made an extraordinary feature film debut with a powerful story of resistance.


Francesco Costabile (Cosenza, Calabria 1980) is an Italian screenwriter and director. Una femmina is his first feature film. It premiered at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival and won many awards, including David di Donatello (Italian Oscars) for Best First Feature and two European Golden Globes for Best First Feature and Best Actress (Lina Siciliano).


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Assitente di produzione

Albert and Susan Colianni
Penelope Scialla


Nancy Azzam
Ann Burns
Astrid Garino and Massimo Costalonga
Joe Tamburino
Alberto Orioles & Neil Tassoni,
Children's Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists

Aiuto Regista

Catherine Allan
Brian Balleria and Joan Bechtold
Stefano Perugini
Nancy and Gary Schaefer
Kathy Moe and Jonathan Watson
Laurie Zenner
CVito Bongiorno
Giacomo & Denise D'Aurora
Bill & Sandra Gengler
Luisa O'Gara

Individual Movie Sponsors

Laura Mauro & David Brown (The Code of Silence)