In competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and in cinemas from May 25.
Kidnapped is the new film by Marco Bellocchio , starring Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese , Filippo Timi and Fabrizio Gifuni .
The cast is completed by Andrea Gherpelli, Samuele Teneggi, Corrado Invernizzi, Aurora Camatti, Paolo Calabresi, Bruno Cariello, Walter Lippa, Pietro Daniele Aldrovandi, Fabrizio Contri, Federica Fracassi .
In 1858, in the Jewish quarter of Bologna, the Pope’s soldiers burst into the house of the Mortara family. By order of the cardinal, they have gone to get Edgardo, their seven-year-old son. According to the statements of a maid, believed to be on the verge of death, at six months, the child had been secretly baptized. Papal law is final: he must receive a Catholic education. Edgardo’s distraught parents will do anything to get their son back. Supported by public opinion and by the international Jewish community, the battle of the Mortaras soon took on a political dimension. But the Pope does not agree to return the child. While Edgardo grows in the Catholic faith, the temporal power of the Church is waning and the Savoy troops conquer Rome.