Marco Bellocchio, the matador of Italian cinema, has made a thrilling 19th-century tale based on a true story that caused a sensation throughout the world at the time.

Italy, France, Germany 2023
  • Czech
125 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The second half of the nineteenth century is underway and revolutionary changes are sweeping through a turbulent Italy. One night, the Papal Guard bursts into the home of the Jewish Mortara family with orders to seize six-year-old Edgardo. The boy is said to have been secretly baptised and now belongs by law to the Catholic Church. Against the backdrop of the years-long struggle to unify Italy, with the Church's position and power shaken to its foundations, Edgardo's family fights for justice and the return of their kidnapped son. But the Pope is a powerful opponent.

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Director: Marco Bellocchio
Based on: Daniele Scalise
Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli
Cinematography: Francesco Di Giacomo
Music: Fabio Massimo Capogrosso
Sound: Nadia Paone, Adriano Di Lorenzo
Editing: Francesca Calvelli, Stefano Mariotti
Production Design: Andrea Castorina
Producer: Beppe Caschetto, Paolo Del Brocco, Simone Gattoni
Co-production: Viola Fügen, Alexandra Henochsberg, Pierre-François Piet, Olivier Père, Michael Weber
Costumes: Sergio Ballo, Daria Calvelli
Cast: Barbara Ronchi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Corrado Invernizzi, Leonardo Maltese, Paolo Pierobon, Marco Golinucci

Golden Globes, Italy

2023 – Marco Bellocchio (Best Film)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.