SALVO – Thursday 9 October, 8pm

By July 29, 2014 archive, Season 11 Films

A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house to eliminate a man, he discovers Rita, a young blind girl who powerlessly stands by while her brother is assassinated.  Salvo tries to close those disturbing eyes, staring at him yet unseeing.  Something impossible happens, and Salvo decides to spare her life.  From then on, these two beings, both haunted by the world they belong to, are linked together forever.  – Cannes Film Festival 2013, Critics Week

Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza.  Italy, France, 2013.  Language: Sicilian, Italian.  108 minutes.  Cert: CLUB

A fascinating, stylised drama…white-knuckle action coupled with eerie, atmospheric pacing makes this film about the Sicilian mafia an intriguing watch. – The Guardian

Utterly absorbing…Salvo defies our expectations of the gangster genre. – Screen Daily

Captivating…a fascinating Italian film noir, immacuately made. – Cineuropa

Starring: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Luigi Lo Cascio, Mario Pupella