QFT Player: The Traitor

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmQFT Player: The Traitor

GenreBiography, Crime, Drama
DirectorMarco Bellocchio
WritersMarco Bellocchio, Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santella, Francesco Piccolo
LanguageItalian, Sicilian, Portuguese, English
Running Time2HR 32MINS
SeasonQFT Player

Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio’s bravura gangster odyssey dramatises the extraordinary real life story of the first major Mafia boss to turn state’s informant. Available to rent on QFT Player.

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.

Ordinarily, this would make for an explosive, action-packed gangster epic. But in the hands of master director Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket, Vincere), it becomes so much more. In fact, The Traitor is nothing less than an epic retelling of late 20th-century Italian history.