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.
Meet the director
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).