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Rapito

Kidnapped
Die Bologna-Entführung - Geraubt im Namen des Papstes
Marco Bellocchio
Germany, France, Italy 2023
134 min
OV w/ EN subtitles & OV w/ GER subtitles
V'23

The event is unusual: Pope Pius IX orders the kidnapping of a six-year-old boy named Edgardo Mortara, born into a Jewish family in Bologna but baptised under secret, exceptional circumstances. In order to address the Almighty, this young innocent will have to replace his Hebrew prayers with ones in Latin. The context of the tale is fascinating: the unification of Italy in the mid-19th century, a period in which the formation of the modern Italian State was often at loggerheads with the Catholic Church’s guardianship of the faith. The forced conversion of Mortara forms part of a political and theological nexus in which delirium and power coexist, which Bellocchio draws on in his continued, obsessive exploration into the symbolic framework of Italian identity. The filmmaker’s vitalist poetics shine forth from beginning to end, creating countless memorable sequences, such as the dream of the child before the figure of Christ, the sequence shot of revolutionaries taking over a religious building or the adult protagonist’s return to his parents’ home. Each frame shows the eye of a master, capable of bestowing upon his dramas an operatic dimension, never devoid of brief notes of comedy to comment upon idiocy and cruelty. (Roger Koza)

Marco Bellocchio: PUGNI IN TASCA (1965), LA CINA È VICINA (1967), IL GABBIANO (1977), DIAVOLO IN CORPO (1986), IL PRINCIPE DI HOMBURG (1997), LA BALIA (1999), BUONGIORNO, NOTTE (2003), VINCERE (2009), BELLA ADDORMENTATA (2012), SANGUE DEL MIO SANGUE (2015), IL TRADITORE (2019), MARX PUO’ ASPETTARE (2021)

Credits
  • Enea Sala
  • Leonardo Maltese
  • Paolo Pierobon
  • Fausto Russo Alesi
  • Barbara Ronchi
  • Samuele Teneggai
  • Filippo Timi
  • Fabrizio Gifunii
  • Marco Bellocchio
  • Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • Edoardo Albinati
  • Daniela Cesseli
  • Francesco Di Giaocomo
  • Francesca Calvelli
  • Stefano Mariotti
  • Fabio Massimo Capogrosso
  • Andrea Castorina
IBC Movie, Kavac Film , Rai Cinema, Ad Vitam , The Match Factory, Arte France Cinéma

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