Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Dreamcatcher) sketches a captivating portrait of defiant Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, whose extraordinary work recorded the Mafia’s violent crimes.
There was little to hint at Letizia Battaglia’s skill as a crime-scene photographer. In her 40s, stuck in a stuffy bourgeois household and battling with depression, she took a job as a photographer for a Palermo-based newspaper. Planning to document ordinary people’s lives, she soon found herself recording the reign of terror inflicted on the city’s inhabitants by the Mafia. Those photographs are, by turns, visually dazzling and shocking. Narrated by Battaglia, who is now in her 80s, Shooting the Mafia combines archive footage from the era when Palermo was besieged by the Cosa Nostra, alongside details of the photographer’s intrepid personal life. It’s a poignant and inspiring account of a free-spirited woman profoundly attached to her city and ready to fight for it regardless of the danger to her own life.
- Laure Bonville, BFI London Film Festival
Reclaim the Frame
The screening on Mon 2 Dec will be followed by a discussion with Niamh Fagan, producer of Shooting the Mafia, which will be presented as part of Reclaim the Frame, a BFI Audience Fund backed project that aims to grow audiences for films told from the female POV.
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce tussle over the future of the Catholic Church in this thrillingly cinematic two-hander from Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener).
Near-future Britain. A totalitarian government has taken control and imposed fascist rule under its all-powerful leader. In the shadows, a masked vigilante, known simply as V, plots a rebellion. Yet, despite his ambition, he can’t do it alone.