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Der Verräter
Marco Bellocchio
I, F, Brazil, D 2019
152min
V'19

With the exception of the Western, there is perhaps no classical genre in cinema that relies as much on facial expression as the gangster film. Marco Bellocchio, whose cinema has always taken surprising turns, is a great explorer of the human face. In the opening minutes of this semi-biopic of former Mafioso Tommaso Buscetta (a high-ranking Don who became an informant for the authorities), he orchestrates an exceptional shot-reverse-shot-ballet of close-ups. In typically Sicilian faces, the director finds both the drama and the farce in what he is about to tell.
The film juxtaposes the beautiful, idealistic, and virulent world of gangsters so often depicted by American films with the harsh, absurd, and sometimes ridiculous reality of a macho culture on the verge of breaking down. It’s quite a heavy blow for those who believed in the alleged honor of the Cosa Nostra to see it become the Mafia. Yet with Bellocchio being typically alert to what’s going on in his country, he shows that it’s an even harsher blow to realize that what once was the Mafia has become the government. Especially since the Mafia is so hard to get rid of, as the film repeatedly and hauntingly shows.
(Patrick Holzapfel)

Credits
  • Pierfrancesco Favino - Buscetta
  • Fausto Russo Alesi - Falcone
  • Marco Bellocchio
  • Francesco Piccolo
  • Valia Santella
  • Ludovica Rampoldi
  • Gaetano Carito
  • Adriano Di Lorenzo
  • Vladan Radovic
  • Francesca Calvelli
  • Nicola Piovani
IBC Movie, Kavac Film, Rai Cinema, Match Factory Productions, Ad Vitam Production, Gullane Entretenimento

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