121 minutes

In 1914, a young Milanese shopkeeper falls in love with revolutionary leader Benito Mussolini, bearing his son and funding his newspaper only to find herself shunned and denounced as mad once he rises to power. Sweeping historical melodrama based on a little-known true story and artfullly presented as a stylized, operatic throwback to the golden era of women's picture.

An Ad Vitam (in France)/01 Distribution (in Italy)/Celluloid Dreams (int'l) release.
Offside and RAI Cinema present a RAI Cinema/Offside/Celluloid Dreams production, with the support of Eurimages, Istituto Luce, Sofica Soficinéma 4.
Starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Gescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Corrado Invernizzi, Paolo Pierobon; and introducing Fabrizio Costella.
Directed by Marco Bellocchio; produced by Mario Gianani; screenplay by Mr. Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli, from a story by Mr. Bellocchio, inspired by the book The Secret Son of Il Duce by Alfredo Pieroni; music by Carlo Crivelli; director of photography (Cinecittà), Daniele Cipri; production designer, Marco Dentici; costume designer, Sergio Ballo; film editor, Francesca Calvelli.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Medeia King 1 (Lisbon), May 5th 2010.


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