La Mafia uccide solo d’estate
Director: Pierfranceso Diliberto
Cast: Cristiana Capotondi, Pif, Alex Bisconti, Ginevra Antona
Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Italy
Violence, coarse language and sex scene
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“Terrific. Negotiates the delicate balance between humour and emotion. Clever, powerful, poignant… Remarkable.”
Jay Weissberg, VARIETY
“A film of bravery and defiance. A free-wheeling, kaleidoscopic, Forrest Gumpish odyssey… [that] is both an innocent love story and a skilful inquiry into the culpability, or not, of all Sicilians in their predicament. The bold mixture of innocence and outrage, fantasy and fact, makes the film unpredictable, utterly fresh. If you know this history, you recognise these names; if not, it may seem like an unlikely (and bloody) tall story. As the car bombs become too loud, the tone changes and the film becomes like a documentary, in which we are now heavily invested. Pif has made us all locals. It’s brilliant: cleverly controlled and executed.”
Paul Byrnes, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/THE AGE
“Impressive. Engrossing, irreverent and charming.”
Stephen Farber, THE HOLLWOOD REPORTER
“A buoyant farce that skewers Palermo’s mafia infestation – scathingly, uproariously, with great comic verve. A political comedy that seems at once tremendously funny and intensely serious — a provocative, and perhaps even important, combination.”
Calum Marsh, THE VILLAGE VOICE
“A potent and distinguished directorial debut – a genuinely funny and snappily edited romantic comedy.”
Gavin Bond, THE SUNDAY TIMES
WINNER – BEST NEW DIRECTOR – 2014 ITALIAN ACADEMY AWARDS
Hilarious, smart & thought-provoking, Italian comedian and satirist Pierfrancesco ‘Pif’ Diliberto makes a hugely auspicious and entertaining directorial debut with this semi-autobiographical romantic comedy of childhood and first love, set in the tumultuous world of 1970’s Italy.
The film follows our precocious hero Arturo from childhood to maturity, wittily examining the pervasive influence the Cosa Nostra holds over the everyday lives of his family and community as he commences a life-long romantic pursuit of beautiful classmate and neighbour Flora.
Thanks to superb performances and expert Zelig-like blending with archival newsreels, the Palermo of the 1970s and early ’80s is vividly depicted as a city where tradition, wilful blindness and complacency allow criminals to flourish, until a series of high-profile murders finally opens the eyes of the public and triggers a push for change…
Adored by local critics & audiences, THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER became a huge sleeper hit at the Italian box office, and was the most popular film at 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival in Australia.