"A decade before Coppola's hit, Mafioso took on the mob and how." – Village Voice
Italian comic great Alberto Sordi ("an irrepressible mixture of clown, blowhard and matinee idol" , according to the New York Times) plays a southerner made good in Italy's modern north. When he takes his blonde bombshell wife and children back to his Sicilian village for a holiday, his joy at being surrounded by family and the scenery he so missed takes a turn for the sinister when the local don asks for a favour to be returned.
Bouncing between devastatingly funny crime comedy, fish-out-of-water satire and mob farce, Mafioso is packed with eye-popping details, exhilarating mood switches and tons of Italian hospitality, southern style.
"Shot with a sun-bleached brightness, and with such an aromatic sense of place that you want to climb into the movie." – Roger Ebert
For further information on Mafioso, read the Senses of Cinema dossier
This event was part of our 2014 Festival. To learn more about this year's MIFF, visit here