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Diversitalia Film Festival: The Mafia Kills Only in Summer

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Screening of the movie The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (La Mafia uccide solo d’estate) in Italian with Subtitles

Q&A with the director follows the movie.

About the movie: 

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer tells the story of young Arturo and his struggles to win the heart of his middle school classmate Flora. Seen through the eyes of Arturo, the story spans 20 years of history of Sicily from 1970s to 1990s. Pif uses Arturo’s unrequited love story as the vehicle to narrate the most tragic events in Italy’s recent history, starting with the Cosa Nostra’s criminal actions in Sicily in the ‘70s and culminating in the barbaric murder of judges Falcone and Borsellino in the early ‘90s. This portrait of the Italian Mafia mocks its bosses and shines a light on the humanity of the heroes who gave their lives to bring organized crime to justice. As noted by The New York Times, “the flesh of the story is fiction, but its bones are real. Cleverly folded-in archival footage underscores a time when the wholesale murder of prominent figures forced the Cosa Nostra into the light on the humanity of the heroes who gave their lives to bring organized crime to justice. As noted by The New York Times, “the flesh of the story is fiction, but its bones are real. Cleverly folded-in archival footage underscores a time when the wholesale murder of prominent figures forced the Cosa Nostra into the light. A sequence at the end honoring well-known anti-Mafia crusaders left many Italians soggily nostalgic.”

About the director:

Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka PIF), 45-year old TV host, director, screenwriter, and actor, has been fighting at the frontline of the anti-mafia movement and has contributed to the awakening of the younger generations. PIF takes advantage of the communicative power of TV and cinema to destroy, through his satirical approach, the sense of belonging to the mafia culture of his fellow Sicilian citizens. PIF has used his popularity as a form of civic engagement, by participating in talks and debates in educational and institutional settings. Pif’s debut as director, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (2013), is a black comedy picture portraying twenty years of Mafia wars in Sicily as witnessed by the young fictional character of Arturo. His new film, At War with Love (2016), is a tender love story set against the backdrop of the allied conquer of Sicily during WWII, which examines how the relations between the Allies and the Mafia shaped the fate of Sicily in years to come.

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