The Traitor (Il traditore)

Support your local cinema and watch this handsome true-crime drama about the downfall of the Sicilian Mafia in the 1980s. Watch here – scroll down to find Saffron Screen.

DIRECTOR Marco Bellocchio
CAST Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Fabrizio Ferracane

In the early 1980s, an all-out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, 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.

Veteran filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the PocketVincere) brings a touch of class and a dash of eccentricity to this epic exploration of the Cosa Nostra – the mafia to you or I. Based on a true story, the turncoat in question is Sicilian mobster Tommaso Buscetta, our guide to an organisation in freefall from the outset … it captures what it must be like to live your life looking over your shoulder and, given the brazen nature of the men’s appalling crimes, the absolute inevitability of their demise. Emma Simmonds, The List