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Original Name: Rapito
English Name: Kidnapped
Year: 2023
Run Time: 125 Min
Language: Italian
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Italy, France, Germany
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Producer: Beppe Caschetto, Simone Gattoni, Paolo del Brocco
Cast: Paolo Pierobon, Fausto Russo Alesi, Barbara Ronchi, Enea Sala, Leonardo Maltese, Filippo Timi, Fabrizio Gifuni
Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Edoardo Albinati, Daniela Ceselli
Cinematographer: Francesco Di Giacomo
Editor: Francesca Calvelli, Stefano Mariotti
Sound Designer: Adriano Di Lorenzo, Lilio Rosato, Gianluca Basili, Nadia Paone
Music Composer: Fabio Massimo Capogrosso
Production Company: IBC Movie, Kavac Film, Rai Cinema
World Sales: The Match Factory


  • Cannes: Main Competition 2023
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • Karlovy Vary IFF 2023
  • New York IFF 2023
  • Busan IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2022 Exterior Night
  • 2021 Marx Can Wait (Documentary)
  • 2019 The Traitor
  • 2016 Sweet Dreams
  • 2003 Good Morning, Night
  • 2002 My Mother’s Smile
  • 1980 A Leap in the Dark
  • 1976 Victory March
  • 1965 Fists in the Pocket

Director’s Biography:

Marco Bellocchio

Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza in 1939. In 1959 he enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. His debut feature film, Fists in the Pocket, won an award at Locarno in 1965. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice IFF. In 2016, Sweet Dreams was the opening film of the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes. In 2019, The Traitor was In Competition at Cannes. In 2021, he presented the documentary Marx Can Wait, Out of Competition at Cannes, receiving the Palme d’Honneur in the same year.


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.