THE MAFIA IS NO LONGER WHAT IT USED TO BE

  • Italy
  • 2019

Ironic, provocative and lovingly chaotic, Franco Maresco's films are - in the best sense of the word - difficult to grasp. Like no other, the Sicilian filmmaker lurks around the characteristics and sensitivities of his compatriots, persistently questioning, insisting and commenting where others would have long since retreated out of fear or respect. In 2014, he exposed the Berlusconi phenomenon in his humorous and subversive way.

Now, to mark the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the two judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, who were murdered by the Corleonesi mafia, he once again takes to the streets of Palermo to test the current state of mind of the city and its inhabitants. At his side is the photographer Letizia Battaglia, who documented the bloody power struggle of the Cosa Nostra in the seventies and eighties in haunting images. But also the dubious concert organizer Ciccio Mira, who already appeared in Belluscone. Unastoriasiciliana, is also back. In an eccentric mix of satirical documentary and artistic play, Maresco creates a ludicrous, fascinating mosaic of vanished ideals and persistent illusions.

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