64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

In 1858, a six-year-old boy from a Jewish family is kidnapped by agents of the Pope and forced to convert to Catholicism by order of the Cardinal. The final film by the great Marco Bellocchio is a period religious thriller that delves into the unforgivable "sins" of the Catholic Church, showcasing this significant filmmaker in remarkable directorial form and inspiration. Themes like abuse of power, intolerance, mechanisms of alienation, and the violation of freedom and self-determination are at the center of Marco Bellocchio's attention, proving that, even at the age of 84, he continues to be as militant as ever. Vividly bringing 19th-century Bologna to life with unparalleled artistry (including costumes, artistic direction, and Francesco Di Giacomo's stunning cinematography that make the film enchanting), Kidnapped takes us on a journey to the past while addressing ever-relevant issues.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Marco Bellocchio
Script: Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Edoardo Albinati, Daniela Ceselli
Cinematography: Francesco Di Giacomo
Editing: Francesca Calvelli, Stefano Mariotti
Sound: Adriano Di Lorenzo
Music: Fabio Massimo Capogrosso
Actors: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Filippo Timi, Fabrizio Gifuni
Production: Kavac Film
Producers: Beppe Caschetto, Simone Gattoni
Costumes: Sergio Ballo, Daria Calvelli
Production Design: Andrea Castorina
Make Up: Enrico Iacoponi, Liviana Serra
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Italy, France, Germany
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 125'
Distribution in Greece: Rosebud.21
Contact: The Match Factory

Marco Bellocchio

Marco Bellocchio is one of the most consistent and most adventurous of today’s Italian directors – an achievement all the more remarkable given that he made his feature debut almost fifty years ago. After making a few shorts, Bellocchio announced himself with his ferocious first feature, the acclaimed Fists in the Pocket (1965). For the next several years, films such as China Is Near (1967) and Nel nome del padre (1971) found Bellocchio examining the turbulent world of leftist politics and revolutionary dreams with an eye both sympathetic and jaundiced. During the 1980s and 1990s, under the spell of unorthodox – and, to some, controversial – psychoanalyst Massimo Fagioli, Bellocchio’s emphasis turned to examining the interweaving of family dynamics and sexual desire as they produce and undermine personal identities. More recently, Bellocchio has turned to more straightforward narratives in a number of films that examine Italy's recent past and its present, from The Nanny (1999) to one of his most recent works, Dormant Beauty (2012). What has remained constant is Bellocchio’s searching critique of the institutions that control individuals and organize the flow of power: the army, political parties, schools, the state and its laws, the Church, and the family.


1965 Fists in the Pocket
1971 In the Name of the Father
1976 Victory March
1982 The Eyes, The Mouth
1986 Devil in the Flesh
1991 The Conviction
1994 The Butterfly's Dream
1999 The Nanny
2003 Good Morning, Night
2009 Vincere
2015 Blood of My Blood
2019 The Traitor
2021 Marx Can Wait
2023 Kidnapped