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" a handsomely mounted period drama that is epic in visuals" - VARIETY
PLOT: 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 came to get Edgardo, their seven-year-old son. A maid had secretly baptized him when he was a baby, believing that he was at death's door. The law of the Papal States, which governed Bologna at the time, leaves no room for doubt: he is Catholic and 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’ battle soon took on a political dimension. But the Pope would not return the child and Edgardo was raised in the Catholic faith, despite the declining temporal power of the Church.

Based on the book Il caso Mortara by Daniele Scalise.
CAST: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Enea Sala, Barbara Ronchi, Filippo Timi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Andrea Gherpelli, Samuele Teneggi, Corrado Invernizzi, Paolo Calabresi, Leonardo Maltese, Federica Fracassi, Bruno Cariello, Giustiniano Alpi
YEAR: 2023
LENGTH: 125 min.
GENRE: Drama
AWARDS: • Best Film, Best Director (Marco Bellocchio), Best Actress (Barbara Ronchi), Best Supporting Actor (Paolo Pierobon), Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Guglielmo Biraghi (Leonardo Maltese): Nastro d'argento
• Nominated Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Barbara Ronchi), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, Best Production Design, Best Makeup, Best Hair Design, Best Editing, Best Visual Efffects: David di Donatello; Palme d'Or (Marco Bellocchio): Cannes Film Festival; Best Actor (Fausto Russo Alesi), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography: Nastro d'argento
RATING: USA: no rating

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  Indianapolis: April 20, 6:00 p.m.
  Detroit: April 21, 5:00 p.m.
  Portland: April 21, 6:15 p.m.
  Milwaukee: April 27, 7:00 p.m.
  St. Louis: April 28, 5:00 p.m.

 
  Please note, while the trailer may not include subtitles, the film will be screened with English subtitles.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES:     MB
Marco Bellocchio, born in 1939 at Piacenza, is among the most well known Italian cinema d'auteur. In 1959 he attended the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia of Roma and, under the guidance of Andrea Camilleri, in 1962 he became a director. At the age of 26, following his studies in London, he directed his first feature film in 1965 I pugni in tasca. During his long carrier, he won the David di Donatello for Best Director of Vincere, Il traditore, Esterno notte, Salto nel vuoto and Best Film for Il traditore.

Regarding his fim, Bellocchio said: "What attracted me and moved me to tell this story is the story itself of the characters and of the child, Edgardo Mortara, and of his unhappy fate due to violence suffered in the name of intolerance, of a religious principle for which whoever is baptized must be educated as a Christian."

DISTRIBUTOR: Cohen Media Group, New York City, NY