The striking debut feature by writer/directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza won the Grand Prix in the Critics' Week section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri (THE BAND'S VISIT) plays a Palermo hitman, Salvo, who has a change of heart after he lays eyes on his target's blind sister, Rita (Sara Sarraiocco). The encounter appears to have a startling effect on Rita, too. The atmospheric imagery, alternating between shadowy interiors and blazing Sicilian sunlight, is by top cinematographer Daniele Cipri, whose work can also be seen in DORMANT BEAUTY.

DIR/SCR Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza; PROD Massimo Cristaldi, Fabrizio Mosca. Italy/France, 2013, color, 104 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED V L

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Thu, Dec 19, 9:45; Sat, Dec 21, 10:00

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