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The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
A film by Pierfrancesco Diliberto
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Pierfrancesco Diliberto (a renowned TV host and political comedian, better known as Pif) wrote, directed, and stars in this subversive, irreverent feature debut about Arturo, a young boy whose obsession with the Mafia's casual presence in his city of Palermo surpasses even his passion for Flora, the beautiful schoolmate who remains his main love interest until adulthood. 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, which soon spread through the country (encompassing the barbaric murder of judges Falcone and Borsellino, an event that Pif handles with astounding boldness). THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER spans 20 years of a life filled with passion and laughter and is a brave and intelligent dark comedy with a powerful message.

"Terrific! Negotiates the delicate balance between humor and emotion. Clever, powerful, poignant... Remarkable."Variety

Impressive. Engrossing, irreverent and charming."The Hollywood Reporter

"A buoyant farce that skewers Palermo's mafia infestation-scathingly, uproariously, with great comic verve. A political comedy that seems at once tremendously funny and intensely serious—a provocative, and perhaps even important, combination."The Village Voice

"A brave and intelligent dark comedy-powerful!"Film Society of Lincoln Center

"A potent and distinguished directorial debut—a genuinely funny and snappily edited romantic comedy.The Sunday Times

"A film of bravery and defiance. A free-wheeling, kaleidoscopic, Forrest Gumpish odyssey... [that] is both an innocent love story and a skilful inquiry into the culpability, or not, of all Sicilians in their predicament. The bold mixture of innocence and outrage, fantasy and fact, makes the film unpredictable, utterly fresh. If you know this history, you recognise these names; if not, it may seem like an unlikely (and bloody) tall story. As the car bombs become too loud, the tone changes and the film becomes like a documentary, in which we are now heavily invested. Pif has made us all locals. It's brilliant: cleverly controlled and executed."The Sydney Morning Herald

Winner, Best Comedy, 2014 European Film Awards
Winner, Best Director, 2014 Italian Academy Awards
Winner, Special Jury Award, 2014 Turin Film Festival
Winner, Best Debut Director, 2014 David Di Donatello Award
Winner, Best Screenplay, 2014 Globi D'Oro Award

90 minutes / color
In Italian with English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2013
DVD Sale: $26.98

Subject areas:
Comedy, Crime, Criminal Justice, Distrib Films Collection, France, Narrative, Romance

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