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Black Souls

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Based on a true story, this is an epic tale of an Italian Calabrian Mafia family.

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  • Director Francesco Munzi
  • Producers Luigi Musini, Olivia Musini, Fabio Conversi
  • Screenwriters Francesco Munzi, Fabrizio Ruggirello, Maurizio Braucci
  • With Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane
  • Italy-France 2014
  • 103 mins
  • Sales Rai Com SpA

Gioacchino Criaco’s novel (itself based on a true story) allows Francesco Munzi to give a new spin on Italian family feud, this time focusing on the Calabrian Mafia. It is an impressively detailed depiction of a certain kind of criminal life and the different generations of family members who are inextricably caught up in it. Then just when Black Souls seems to be heading towards a conventional outcome, there is a cleverly wrought change in the story’s progress, which leads inexorably to a violent conclusion that is both shocking and unexpected in its moral implications.

Adrian Wootton


  • Director Alina Marazzi
  • Italy 2014
  • 10 mins

Part of a series using footage from the Italian Istituto Luce archive, which celebrates its 90th Anniversary.

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