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Cinema, History & Politics, Literature

Marco Bellocchio’s “Kidnapped”

+ short film "Lo sguardo esterno" with director Peter Marcias

December 6, 2023
6:00 pm

This event is part of
Italy on Screen Today
8th Edition

Rapito (Kidnapped)
(2023, Italy/France/Germany, 134 min)
In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles

Directed by
Marco Bellocchio

Writted by
Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli

Based on the book Il caso Mortara by
Daniele Scalise

Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala

The feature will be preceded by the screening of the short film
Lo sguardo esterno
(2022, Italy, 22 min.)
In ITALIAN with ENGLISH subtitles

Written and directed by
Peter Marcias

Featuring a brief Q&A with the director

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