THE TRAITOR “Il traditore”

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Narrative Feature | Italy | 2019 | Italian | 150 minutes

Based on the true story of the so-called “boss of the two worlds” Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s biopic depicts the watershed trial that would mark the first time the Mafia’s sacred vow of silence was publicly broken. After being forced into exile in Brazil in the early 1980s as a brutally violent war crippled his native Sicily, Buscetta’s new life was cut short when he was apprehended and extradited by local police. With increased pressure from Italy’s crackdown on local crime syndicates, Buscetta agrees to flip against the world that created him, leading to the milestone trial that would forever change the face of the Italian Mafia.

Selected as Italy’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar®