The Mafia Is Not What It Used to Be

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    The Mafia Is Not What It Used to Be

    La Mafia non è più quella di una volta

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    107 min

    • Italian


    In 2017, 25 years after the Capaci and Via D’Amelio bombings, Franco Maresco decided to make a new film. He found the stimulus to do this in a recent work he had dedicated to Letizia Battaglia, the photographer now in her eighties who has used her pictures to tell the story of the Mafia wars and was included in The New York Times 2017 list of eleven powerful women around the world. Maresco felt the need to feature alongside Letizia a figure from the other side of the fence: Ciccio Mira, the ‘legendary’ organiser of street parties who had already played a leading role in Maresco’s 2014 documentary Belluscone. Una storia siciliana. In the few years that separate the two films Mira seems to have changed. Perhaps he is seeking redemption, as man and as manager, to the point of organising a singular event at the Zen in Palermo: a concert of Neomelodic singers for Falcone and Borsellino. And yet his words still betray a certain nostalgia for “the old-time Mafia.” Meanwhile, as they attend the celebrations staged in memory of the martyrs of the fight against the Mafia, Maresco’s skepticism provides a marked contrast with Battaglia’s passion.


    • Special Jury Prize - Venice IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Letizia Battaglia
    Ciccio Mira
    Franco Maresco
    Claudia Uzzo
    Francesco Guttuso
    Giuliano La Franca
    Tommaso Lusena De Sarmiento
    Francesco Guttuso
    Edoardo Morabito
    Salvatore Bonafede

    Director's Statement

    This film is the inevitable follow-up to Belluscone. Una storia siciliana, presented at Venice in 2014. I have to admit that it has not been at all easy, five years later, to go back to telling a story with Neomelodic singers and the Mafia in it again. I have the sensation, however, of having gone further than in the previous film. Into a territory in which the distinction between good and evil, between Mafia and anti-Mafia, has been erased and everything, now, has lapsed into a spectacle with no end and without any meaning.

    Franco Maresco

    Franco Maresco


    Franco Maresco is an Italian director, screenwriter and editor, known for his duo collaboration with Daniele Ciprì as Ciprì and Maresco. They began working in 1986 for a private network in Palermo. Between the end of the '80s and the beginning of the '90s the duo became known and appreciated on television. In 2008 the artistic duo dissolved and Maresco continued his career alone. BELLUSCONE. UNA STORIA SICILIANA (2014) won the Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti section of Venice IFF. His latest documentary, LA MAFIA NON È PIÙ QUELLA DI UNA VOLTA (2019) won the Special Jury Prize.