Festival Category: Official Selection: International
Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Luigi Lo Cascio
Country of Origin: Italy
Duration: 105 minutes
Guest Attending: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Wed 19th Feb 2014
A henchman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless in this Italian film noir, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
After being ambushed by a rival Mafia clan and winning the shootout, Salvo sneaks into the house of one of the last members to finish the job. Upon entry he discovers Rita (Sara Serraiocco), a beautiful young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while he assassinates her brother. After sparing Rita’s life, Salvo escorts her to an abandoned factory where she is held captive. He battles with his duty to dispose of this witness while his fascination with her grows. An intense part-miracle results in an unbreakable bond between the two.
Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri (The Time That Remains, The Band’s Visit) offers a captivating performance as the supposedly steely mafia assassin in Sicilian film-makers Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s astonishing part-action, part-thriller.
Lavazzo Italian Film Festival
Winner, Critics’ Week Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival
With the support of the Italian Institute of Culture Dublin