La mafia non è più quella di una volta

The mafia is no longer what it used to be

Franco Maresco

Italy 2019. 107 Min.
Color/bw. DCP. I/e

Ironic, provocative and tenderly chaotic: Franco Maresco's films are hard to grasp – in the best sense. Like nobody else, the Sicilian filmmaker explores the characteristics and mental states of his compatriots by persistently asking and commenting when others would have backed off long ago out of fear or respect. In 2014, he exposed the Berlusconi phenomenon in his witty and subversive way.


Now, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the killing of two judges by the Corleone Mafia – Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino – he once again takes to the streets of Palermo to test the current mood of the city and its inhabitants. He is accompanied by the photographer Letizia Battaglia, who documented the bloody power struggles of the Cosa Nostra in the 1970s and 1980s with haunting images. And the two of them are also joined by the dubious concert promoter Ciccio Mira, who was already a part of Belluscone. Una storia siciliana. In an eccentric mix of satirical documentation and artistic play, Maresco creates an absurd but fascinating mosaic of bygone ideals and stubborn illusions. (pj)


DirectorFranco Maresco
ScreenplayFranco Maresco, Claudia Uzzo, Francesco Guttuso, Giuliano La Franca
CinematographyTommaso Lusena De Sarmiento
EditingFrancesco Guttuso, Edoardo Morabito
MusicSalvatore Bonafede
ProducersRean Mazzone, Anna Vinci
DistributionFandango, Rom,

Franco Maresco