Blood of My Blood

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    Blood of My Blood

    Sangue del mio sangue

    Directed by

    France, Italy, Switzerland

    2015

    106 min

    • Italian

    Drama

      Toronto IFF

    A mother pushes her son, Federico, a young man of arms, to visit the convent-prison in Bobbio, where Sister Benedetta is facing charges of witchery for seducing Fabrizio, Federico’s twin brother, and making him betray his priestly mission. The mother pressures Fedrico to rehabilitate his brother legacy but he, too, falls under Benedetta’s spell, thus sentencing her to a life sentence walled up in prison. Thirty years later, Federico, now Cardinal, will meet again Benedetta, still living behind those walls... Nowadays. Federico Mai, supposedly a Minister inspector, knocks at the doors of that very same convent, later transformed into prison and apparently abandoned, accompanied by a Russian millionaire, Rikalkov, interested in buying the property. In reality though, the place is still inhabited by a mysterious “Count” that illegally occupies some of the old prison cells and who wanders the city streets, alone, at night... The two foreigners alarm the whole Bobbio community which, guided by the Count, still lives by subterfuges and frauds, stonewalling the inescapable modernity with any means necessary. But is the new really better than the old?

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award (International Competition) - Venice IFF

    Festivals

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    Credits

    Cast
    Roberto Herlitzka
    Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
    Lydiya Liberman
    Fausto Russo Alesi
    Alba Rohrwacher
    Federica Fracassi
    Filippo Timi
    Screenplay
    Marco Bellocchio
    Cinematography
    Daniele Cipri
    Editing
    Francesca Calvelli
    Claudio Misantoni
    Music
    Carlo Crivelli    

    Director's Statement

    The film developed by chance, following the discovery of the ancient prisons in Bobbio, now closed and abandoned. This discovery inspired the first episode of the film narrating Benedetta’s story, a nun walled up in Santa Chiara convent-prison, in Bobbio. It is an explicit reference to the Nun of Monza. BLOOD OF MY BLOOD sprung directly from La monaca, and it recounts the whole trial, the ordeals Benedetta was put through to make her confess her alliance with Satan, and her final immuration. This remote story, so far off in time, made me go back to the present, to today’s rural Italy, granted and protected by the associative and corruptible political and union parties system, drastically transformed by globalization (and it still is not clear if for better or for worse).

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    Production
    KAVAC FILM
    Production
    RAI CINEMA
    Marco Bellocchio

    Marco Bellocchio

    Italy

    In my works, I always try to be faithful to history.

    Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1939. In 1959, he suspended his studies in philosophy at the Catholic University in Milan to enroll at the Experimental Center for Cinematography in Rome. In 1961-62 he made the short films ABBASSO LO ZIO, LA COLPA E LA PENA and GINEPRO FATTO UOMO. He then transferred to London, where he attended the Slade School of Fine Arts. His feature-length debut, FISTS IN THE POCKET, was presented at Locarno in 1965 and attracted international attention. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival. His 2015 feature BLOOD OF MY BLOOD won the FIPRESCI Award at Venice IFF. In 2016, he was in Cannes at the Director's Fortnight with SWEET DREAMS and back in 2018 with THE FIGHT.

    Selected Filmography