Il traditore (2019)

# 16249 IMDb

Il traditore (2019

(The Traitor)

Director: Marco Bellocchio

Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Raffaella Lebboroni, Massimiliano Ubaldi, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi

Biography, Crime, Drama (2h 25min)

Italy Italy, France France, Brazil Brazil, Germany Germany

Rated 7.1 after 4,495 votes, 63% postive reviews on 29-Feb-20.

12 wins & 35 nominations


The real life of Tommaso Buscetta the so called "boss of the two worlds", first mafia informant in Sicily 1980's.


Marco Bellocchio (director) Pierfrancesco Favino Luigi Lo Cascio Fausto Russo Alesi Maria Fernanda Cândido Fabrizio Ferracane Bruno Cariello

Pierfrancesco Favino (Tommaso Buscetta), Luigi Lo Cascio (Totuccio Contorno), Fausto Russo Alesi (Giovanni Falcone), Maria Fernanda Cândido (Maria Cristina de Almeida Guimarães), Fabrizio Ferracane (Pippo Calò), Nicola Calì (Totò Riina), Giovanni Calcagno (Tano Badalamenti), Bruno Cariello (Alfonso Giordano), Bebo Storti (Franco Coppi), Vincenzo Pirrotta (Luciano Liggio), Goffredo Maria Bruno (Stefano Bontate), Gabriele Cicirello (Benedetto Buscetta), Paride Cicirello (Antonio Buscetta), Elia Schilton (Giornalista TV), Alessio Praticò (Scarpuzzedda), Pier Giorgio Bellocchio (Cesare), Rosario Palazzolo (Giovanni De Gennaro), Antonio Orlando (Michele), Ada Nisticò (Alessandra Buscetta), Federica Butera (Silvana Buscetta), Giovanni Crozza Signoris (Tommaso Buscetta giovane (as Giovanni Crozza)), Alberto Gottuso (Giuseppe Inzerillo), Tatu La Vecchia (Fra Giacinto), Sergio Pierattini (Giudice Alfonso Giordano), Raffaella Lebboroni (Giudice donna), Giuseppe Di Marca (Giulio Andreotti), Maria Amato (Melchiorra Buscetta), Gabriele Arena (Difensore di Spadaro), Ludovico Caldarera (Salvatore Cancemi), Salvatore Cancemi (Tecnico di studio), Claudio Collovà (Avvocato), Marco Gambino (Procuratore Generale), Jacopo Garfagnoli (Giulio), Paolo La Bruna, Nunzia Lo Presti (Moglie di Riina), Marilina Marino (Prostituta), Filippo Parisi (Detenuto), Aurora Peres (Moglie di Bontade), Michele Perricone, Nino Porzio (Tecnico di studio)...

From the same director


Marco Bellocchio (written by), Valia Santella (written by), Ludovica Rampoldi (written by), Francesco Piccolo (written by), Francesco La Licata (collaboration)

Produced by

Beppe Caschetto (producer), Paula Cosenza (executive producer), Sebastian Fröhlich (line producer (Germany)), Viola Fügen (producer), Simone Gattoni (producer), Caio Gullane (producer), Fabiano Gullane (producer), Alexandra Henochsberg (producer), Hei Yang Lau (assistant producer), Laudati Dario (assistant producer), Thiago Mascarenhas (executive producer: brazilian unit), Michel Merkt (co-producer), Attilio Moro (line producer), André Novis (associate producer), Olivier Père (co-producer), Andre Ristum (delegate producer (Brazil)), Cécile Tollu-Polonowski (Junior Producer), Michael Weber (producer)



I liked it. Although certain events of the so-called "Second Mafia war" took place, between the 1981-83, have been changed and rightly accelerated due to the film's rhythms (for istance the death of Salvatore Inzerillo is set in 1982 and not 1981 and is little bit different about how he was killed). Bellocchio has been able to discreetly direct a film that is not at all simple and above all with a character as a protagonist absolutely not easy to manage.

Favino is certainly the strong point of the whole film, with a really intense acting from beginning to end. So much has fallen well in the shoes of Buscetta that sometimes seems to see and above all feel the real Don Masino. The Maxi-Trial of 1986, shot among other things in the Palermo's bunker room, the same where the real historical juridical process took place is certainly the point that entertains the viewer the most. The comparison between Calò and Buscetta is truly faithful to what was really there, the same thing the scenes with the other Pentito, Salvatore Contorno, the scenes when he speaks fluent sicilian slang are really similar with the original deposition, but having proposed with other realism also other salient moments with the other defendants was really classy. Perhaps the film falls just in the act after the Maxi-Trial and following the 1992's Massacres (Capaci and Via d'Amelio) , when going towards the conclusion by now the same Buscetta becomes precisely more and more "invisible" and without anything more particularly interesting to reveal.


Giovanni Montinaro, son of Judge Giovanni Falcone's chief of security, strongly opposed the film, criticizing the choice of releasing it on the anniversary of the murder of his father and of the others involved in the attack. He let it go when Pierfrancesco Favino told him that the date was chosen by the production precisely as a way to pay homage to Falcone, his wife and his security detail, killed that day in 1992.


12 wins & 35 nominations 
Cannes Film Festival • César Awards, France • David di Donatello Awards • European Film Awards • Film Festival Cologne • Globes de Cristal Awards, France • Golden Globes, Italy • International Cinephile Society Awards • Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists • Munich Film Festival • Palm Springs International Film Festival • Premio Berenice • Seville European Film Festival

Other titles

Il traditore ((original title); Italy) • O Traidor (Brazil) • Le Traître (France) • Der Verräter (Germany (dubbed version)) • Zdrajca (Poland) • Предатель (Russia) • The Traitor (USA; World-wide (English title))



Italy:T / Switzerland:16



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