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Kidnapped

Rapito

Marco Bellocchio | 2023 | 134 MINS
Italy | Subtitles
International Panorama: Italy

A Jewish boy is kidnapped and converted to Catholicism in 1858 in this film which is as brilliant and revealing as it is masterfully told.

★★★★ The Times

FROM 31 May

Date and Times

Fri 31 May
13:00
Auditorium
Sat 01 Jun
20:15
Auditorium
Sun 02 Jun
17:15
Auditorium
Mon 03 Jun
20:00
Auditorium
Tue 04 Jun
13:15
Auditorium

In Detail

In 1858, in the Jewish quarter of Bologna, the Pope's (Paolo Pierobon) soldiers burst into the home of the Mortara family.

By order of the cardinal, they have come to take Edgardo (Enea Sala), their seven-year-old son. The child had been secretly baptized by his nurse as a baby and the papal law is unquestionable: he must receive a Catholic education. Edgardo's parents, distraught, will do anything to get their son back.

Supported by public opinion and the international Jewish community, the Mortaras' struggle quickly takes a political dimension. But the Church and the Pope will not agree to return the child, to consolidate an increasingly wavering power. This is how ingenious, artistic filmmakers tell stories that must be heard. Through vibrant characters that relive history and uncover its darkest secrets.

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