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Kidnapped (2024)

Opens on June 7

Director: Marco Bellocchio Run Time: 134 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala, Fausto Russo Alesi, Leonardo Maltese, Paolo Pierobon

Country: Italy, France, Germany
Language: Italian, Hebrew

About the film:

Official Selection, 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1858, in the Jewish quarter of Bologna, the Pope’s soldiers burst into the home of the Mortara family.

“Nodding to the masterworks of Caravaggio and Delacroix, the film uses light and shadow to convey the tenebrous, baroque drama of the events.”

Miami Jewish Film Festival

By order of the cardinal, they have come to take Edgardo, their seven-year old son. The child had been secretly baptized by his nurse as a baby and the papal law is unquestionable: he must receive a Catholic education. Edgardo’s parents, distraught, will do anything to get their son back. Supported by public opinion and the international Jewish community, the Mortaras’ struggle quickly take a political dimension. But the Church and the Pope will not agree to return the child, to consolidate an increasingly wavering power.

About the filmmakers:

Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza in 1939. In 1959 he broke off his study of philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan and enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Between 1961 and 1962 he made the short films Abbasso lo zio (1962), La colpa e la pena (1961), and Ginepro fatto uomo (1962). He then moved to London, where he attended the Slade School of Fine Arts. His debut feature film, Fists in the Pocket (1965), won an award at Locarno in 1965 and brought him international recognition. In 2011, he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival. His work has been the subject of dozens of retrospectives around the world, including at the MoMA in New York in 2014 to commemorate his 50-years in filmmaking at that time, at the 43rd Festival International du Film de la Rochelle, and in 2018 at the British Film Institute. Kidnapped (2024) was the official selection at several film festivals including Cannes.

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