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Once upon a time...The Traitor

Director Olivia Mokiejewski
Author Olivia Mokiejewski
Original Score Olivier Depardon
Editorial manager Antoine de Gaudemar
Editing Emmanuel Charieras
Lenght 52′
Versions French and English
Distributor Le Petit Bureau
Copyrights Folamour – ARTE – 2022
Broadcasters ARTE


  • Marco BELLOCCHIO, director
  • Saverio LODATO, mafia specialist
  • Salvatore CUSIMANO, journalist
  • Pierfrancesco FAVINO, role of Tommaso Buscetta
  • Pietro GRASSO, assessor judge at the Maxi Trial
  • Giuseppe AYALA, prosecutor at the Maxi Trial
  • Maria Francesca CALVELLI, chief editor
  • Simone GATTONI, producer
  • Fausto Russo ALESI, role of judge Falcone

At the age of 80, Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio films the Mafia, through the fate of a turncoat Cosa Nostra leader, whose revelations led to the conviction of hundreds of criminals in 1986. In this documentary, shot in Rome and Palermo, Marco Bellocchio and his team explain why and how they chose to make a film that demystifies the Mafia, far from the self-indulgent romanticism of Hollywood films about the Mafia. Judges, former defendants and Italian journalists compare their memories with the filmmaker’s vision.