IN CINEMAS & AVAILABLE VIA VIRTUAL THEATRICAL SCREENINGS IN UK AND IRELAND FROM 24 JULY 2020
Modern Films are pleased to release the UK trailer and theatrical artwork for for the adrenaline-filled Italian Academy Award submission THE TRAITOR, which will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and via virtual theatrical screenings on 24 July 2020.
Starring Pierfrancesco Favino as the real-life informant Tommaso Buscetta who helped to bring down the powerful Cosa Nostra Mafia family in the 1980s, and Maria Fernanda Cândido as his loyal wife Cristina, THE TRAITOR played in Competition in Cannes in 2019 and recently won six Italian Donatello Academy Awards, including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor and Editing.
Based on the true story of the Cosa Nostra in the early 1980’s, the film begins as an all-out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.
Marco Bellocchio, the veteran Italian director of classics such as such as VINCERE (2009) first burst on the scene with his subversive debut feature FISTS IN THE POCKET (1965), which was followed by a prolific career directing features, documentaries, and shorts both for television and cinema with a distinctive, uncompromising artistic vision – of which THE TRAITOR is a crowning epic.