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In his latest work, Italian film legend Marco Bellocchio tells the story of a real case of kidnapping of a Jewish boy by the Catholic Church. The year is 1858. The Jewish family Mortara lead a peaceful life in Bologna, until papal soldiers appear at their door demanding that they hand over their seven-year-old son, Edgar. It seems the family servant secretly baptized the boy fearing for his soul, so the law requires Edgar be raised in the Catholic faith. Desperate, his parents do everything in their power to get their son back, and along the way receive support from the wider community. The film premiered at Cannes and went on to screen at Toronto.
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Marco Bellocchio is an Italian director, screenwriter, and actor. His debut feature, Fists in the Pocket received the main award at the Locarno FF, followed by a series of titles that positioned him among the most significant representatives of Italian political cinema. His filmography includes among others: Fists in the Pocket (1965), China is Near (1967), Slap the Monster on Page One (1973), Henry IV (1984), Sweet Dreams (2016), The Traitor (2019), and Kidnapped(2023).