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Rapito (Italian with French subtitles)
Fernand-Seguin screening room
June 7th - 29th, 2024
134 min
New releases

The mission of the Centre d'art et essai de la Cinémathèque québécoise (CAECQ) is to primary program Quebec-made documentaries and independent fiction, as well as international documentaries, animated and foreign films, while encouraging opportunities for meetings between the public and the artists. Its programming is presented in conjunction with the Cinémathèque québécoise’s under the label New releases.

Official Selection, 2023 Cannes Film Festival

Directed by
Marco Bellocchio
Italian with French subtitles
Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Paolo Pierobon
Italy, France, Germany
134 min
Historical drama

In 1858, in the Jewish quarter of Bologna, the Pope’s soldiers burst into the home of the Mortara family. By order of the cardinal, they have come to take Edgardo, their seven-year old son. The child had been secretly baptized by his nurse as a baby and the papal law is unquestionable: he must receive a Catholic education. Edgardo’s parents, distraught, will do anything to get their son back. Supported by public opinion and the international Jewish community, the Mortaras’ struggle quickly take a political dimension. But the Church and the Pope will not agree to return the child, to consolidate an increasingly wavering power...


Marco Bellocchio

Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza in 1939. In 1959 he broke off his study of philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan and enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. Between 1961 and 1962, he made the short films Abbasso lo zio, La colpa e la pena, and Ginepro fatto uomo. He then moved to London, where he attended the Slade School of Fine Arts. His debut feature film, I pugni in tasca (Fists in the Pocket), won an award at Locarno in 1965 and brought him international recognition. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival. His work has been the subject of dozens of retrospectives around the world, including at MoMA (New York) in 2014 to commemorate his 50-years in filmmaking at that time, at the 43rd Festival International du Film de la Rochelle, and in 2018 at the British Film Institute (London). Bellocchio has been president of the Cineteca di Bologna since 2014. In 2016, Fai bei sogni (Sweet Dreams) was the opening film of the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Festival. In 2019, Il Traditore (The Traitor) was In Competition at Cannes; it won six Donatellos and seven Silver Ribbons. In 2021, he presented the documentary Marx può aspettare (Marx Can Wait) Out of Competition at Cannes, receiving the Palme d’Honneur in the same year. In 2022, he was back at Cannes for the premiere of Esterno notte (Exterior Night), which won a European Film Award and was nominated for 18 Donatellos.

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