Starring Pierfrancesco Favino (World War Z, Rush, Angels & Demons) as the real-life informant Tommaso Buscetta who helped to bring down the powerful Cosa Nostra Mafia family in the 1980s, andMaria Fernanda Cândido(Edge of Desire, Terra Nostra) 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 (Favino), 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.

The film will be released through a hybrid model of theatrical and virtual screenings in the UK and Ireland on 24 July 2020, following a special online screening at Shots in the Dark Film Festival on 26 June 2020 hosted by the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham and compered by Adrian Wootton (CEO British Film Commission, Film London and the Shots in the Dark festival founder in 1980), who has hailed the film “an incredible gangster odyssey, a masterpiece… prepare yourself for the wonder that is The Traitor”.

As an online festival one-off for 2020, Shots in the Dark will also screen FISTS IN THE POCKET, which the master wrote in London while studying at the Slade School of Fine Art, alongside a surprise clip from an upcoming film scheduled to have its World Premiere this autumn. Bellocchio and Wootton will be joined by Bellocchio's wife and editing partner Francesca, and leads Pierfrancesco Favino and Maria Fernanda Candido for a virtual Q&A.

The Traitor

2h 25m

Director: Marco Bellocchio
UK Release : Available in Cinemas and via virtual theatrical screenings from 24th July 2020