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Directed by Marco Bellocchio


Director: Marco Bellocchio
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: Italy
Year: 2023
Language: Hebrew, Italian
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo, Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese


Religion and power: Italian master Marco Bellocchio once again reveals unsettling historical practices of the Catholic Church in this true story, fresh from Cannes.

Bologna, 1858: by order of the pope, soldiers remove seven-year-old Edgardo from his Jewish family. Since his nurse baptized him in secret when he was an infant, he must receive a Catholic education. With the help of the international Jewish community, Edgardo's desperate parents do everything they can to get him back. But the Church uses this case to consolidate its increasingly tenuous grip on power.

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Meet the director


Marco Bellocchio

Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza in 1939 and attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome as well as the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. His debut film, FISTS IN THE POCKET, received the Silver Sail at the 1965 Locarno Film Festival. More than four decades later, he received the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival. His body of work has been featured in countless retrospectives, including at the MoMA in New York in 2014, at the 43rd La Rochelle International Film Festival, and at the British Film Institute in London in 2018. His film THE TRAITOR, which had its world premiere in competition at Cannes in 2019, earned six David de Donatello awards and seven Silver Ribbons from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. In 2021, Bellocchio received the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Most recently, he received the European Innovative Storytelling Award at the European Film Awards for the TV series ESTERNO NOTTE (2022).


Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli
Director of Photography: Francesco Di Giacomo
Film Editor: Francesca Calvelli, Stefano Mariotti
Composer: Fabio Massimo Mariotti
Costume Design: Sergio Ballo, Daria Calvelli
Sound: Adriano Di Lorenzo
Producer: Simone Gattoni, Beppe Caschetto, Paolo Del Brocco
Production Company: Kavac Film, Bayerisches Fernsehen (BR)
Co-Production Company: The Match Factory Productions GmbH
World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH
Distributor: Pandora Film Medien GmbH