Bellocchio film in competition at Cannes – Lifestyle – ANSA

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(ANSA) – Paris, April 18 – Marco Bellocchio’s latest film ‘Il
traditore’ (The Traitor) about late Cosa Nostra ‘supergrass
Tommaso Buscetta is in competition for the Palme d’Or at the
72nd Cannes Film Festival on May 14-25, organisers said
Thursday.
   
The selection was announced in Paris by general delegate
Thierry Frémaux.
   
In the film, Pierfrancesco Favino plays Buscetta.
   
Asked about Italy only being represented by one film this
year, Frémaux said “you have to judge over at least five years.
   
“And in the last five years Italian cinema has been very
highly represented”.
   
“Every time a country is not represented, or not sufficiently
represented, it seems as if the they have to immediately whip it
up”.
Bellocchio told ANSA “Tommaso Buscetta is a very complex
character. I tried to make an open film and his betrayal, too,
must be seen in this light.
   
“Strangely, it is a very personal film and at the same time
objective”, he went on, describing the picture as “a civilised
film but without ideology or rhetoric”.
   

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