SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TO RELEASE MARCO BELLOCHIO’S THE TRAITOR ON JANUARY 31, 2020
THE TRAITOR IS THE OFFICIAL ITALIAN ENTRY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM OSCAR®
NEW YORK (October 1, 2019)– Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Marco Bellochio’s THE TRAITOR in New York and Los Angeles on January 31, 2020. The film stars Pierfrancesco Favino and is the official entry from Italy for the International Feature Film Oscar®. THE TRAITOR was released in Italy on May 23, 2019.
Continuing the film’s successful festival run, Bellocchio and Favino will be present for THE TRAITOR’s screening at the New York Film Festival on October 6. The film previously screened at the Toronto International Film Festival & Cannes Film Festival. At the Cannes premiere, where the film screened In Competition, the film received a thirteen-minute standing ovation.
THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980's, 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.
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