The Traitor

Il traditore

Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio’s bravura epic gangster odyssey dramatises the extraordinary real life story of Tommaso Buscetta, the first major Camorra boss to turn state’s informant.

Dir Marco Bellocchio
Prod Beppe Caschetto
Scr Marco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella, Francesco Piccolo
With Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Candido, Nicola Calí
Sales The Match Factory
With English subtitles

This riveting drama recounts episodes from the extraordinary life of Sicilian Mafia boss Tommaso Buscetta. Caught up in an internecine gang war, he is forced back from exile in Brazil to become the first Camorra capo to turn informant in order to protect his family. Ordinarily, this would make for an explosive, action-packed gangster epic. But in the hands of master director Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket, Vincere), it becomes so much more. In fact, The Traitor is nothing less than an epic retelling of late 20th-century Italian history. Directed with extraordinary authority, verve and skill, it is one of Bellocchio’s greatest films and invites comparison with Visconti’s The Leopard and Rosi’s Salvatore Giuliano.

Adrian Wootton

Festival guests

This member of the filmmaking team is expected to attend the festival:

  • Marco Bellocchio, director.

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Additional information

This is a 18+ screening.

Tickets for the additional screening are on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00.