SPC Confirms ‘The Traitor’ (Il Traditore) Deal After Cannes Premiere

UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline’s break that it acquired the Italian Cannes competition film The Traitor. Press released is below first story.

EXCLUSIVE, May 23, 1:20 PM Pst: Following its Cannes premiere Thursday evening, The Traitor (Il traditore) is being acquired for U.S. and other distribution territories by Sony Pictures Classics, sources said. The Marco Bellocchio-directed drama chronicled the takedown of organized crime seen through the eyes of Tommaso Buscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino), a key mob figure who turned state’s evidence in a move that led others to do the same, crumbling the omerta code that allowed the gangsters to operate unfettered. A slew of killers and drug traffickers ended up in prison as a result.

The drama unfolds in 1980, when the game grew from old-style crime with decorum to a more bloodthirsty business. Buscetta’s decision to turn “rat” leads to the arrest of all the mafia chieftains, who face off against Buscetta in a “maxi trial” that was shocking because no one at his level of criminal prominence had done such a thing. To the star witness, there was little honor left in organized crime anyway. He ended up in witness protection.

Premiering tonight in competition, the film is a co-production between IBC Movie, Rai Cinema, Kavac Film, Gullane Productions, Ad Vitam Production and Match Factory Productions. Favino stars with Maria Fernandez Candido, Farizio Ferracane, Luigi Lo Cascio, Nicola Cali, Giovanni Calcagno, Fausto Russo Alesi and Bruno Cariello.

Bellocchio wrote the script with Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santela and Francesco Piccolo. Pic is produced by Beppe Caschetto, Michael Weber, Viola Fugen, Simone Gattoni Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane and Alexandra Henochsberg. The executive producers are Paula Cosenza, and Thiago Mascarenhas.

The Match Factory sells Marco Bellocchio’s THE TRAITOR worldwide, including Sony Pictures Classics for the US and additional territories

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The Match Factory sells Marco Bellocchio’s THE TRAITOR worldwide, including Sony Pictures Classics for the US and additional territories

Following a thirteen-minute standing ovation at Marco Bellocchio’s THE TRAITOR, which premiered yesterday in Competition at Cannes, The Match Factory has announced deals on multiple territories.

Sony Pictures Classics is boarding the film in North and Latin America, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. The deal was closed between Michael Weber, Managing Director of The Match Factory, and Sony Pictures Classics.

The leading arthouse sales agent has also secured distribution in Spain (Vertigo), Germany (Pandora), Benelux (Cinemien), Japan (Klockworx), China, Poland (Gutek), Greece (Seven), Russia (Magic Films), Czech Republic and Slovenia (Aerofilms), Portugal (Alambique), Austria (Filmladen), Hungary (Mozinet), Romania (Independenta), Former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom) and Bulgaria (Artfest). More deals to follow.

The film was released in Italy by 01 Distribution on the same day as the premiere in Cannes, which also marked the 27th anniversary of the death of judge Giovanni Falconi. The Italian box office has already taken over 100.000 Euro from the first day of release, with the project currently in second place on the charts. Ad Vitam is bringing the film to French territory on November, 6th 2019.

THE TRAITOR is a co-production between IBC Movie, Kavac Film with Rai Cinema, Ad Vitam Production, Match Factory Productions and Gullane Productions. Pierfrancesco Favino stars with Maria Fernanda Candido, Fabrizio Ferracane, Luigi Lo Cascio, Nicola Cali, Giovanni Calcagno, Fausto Russo Alesi and Bruno Cariello.

The film follows the epic mafia trial of one of the most infamous Mafiosi of all time, Tommaso Buscetta. 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.

Bellocchio wrote the script with Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santela and Francesco Piccolo while the striking cinematography is credited to Vladan Radovic. The film is produced by Simone Gattoni, Beppe Caschetto, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane and Alexandra Henochsberg.

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