Kidnapped

In competition, Cannes 2023


Original language: Italian

Subtitles: Romanian, English

 

Directed by: Marco BELLOCCHIO

Country: Italy, France, Germany

Year of production: 2023

Length: 134 minutes

Genre: 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 …