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Marco Bellocchio’s Kidnapped – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7

Marco Bellocchio’s Kidnapped – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7

If we don’t count the pandemic year, it will be four consecutive showings in Cannes for the maestro. The Traitor was in competition in 2019, docu item Il Traditore was a Cannes Premiere selection in 2021 and last year we got Esterno Notte – also a Cannes Premiere. This year Marco Bellocchio unveils classic moviemaking with Kidnapped (aka Rapito). This is the Italian filmmaker’s seventh trip (attempt) at the Palme d’Or after A Leap in the Dark (1980), Henry IV (1984), The Prince of Homburg (1997), The Nanny (1999), My Mother’s Smile (2002) and 2009’s Vincere.

The story of Edgardo Mortara, a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy, who in 1858, after being secretly baptized, was forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son became part of a larger political battle that pitted the papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.

Current temp: With seventeen of our twenty jury folks having graded the film, we’ve got your standard well-liked entry and average score of 3.1.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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