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by Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia


Palermo. Mafia hitman Salvo sneaks into the house of a rival mafioso and kills him. He falls upon a blind girl, Rita, the target's sister. After a brutal struggle an incomprehensible thing happens; Rita regains her sight. Obsessed, unable to kill her or escape from what has happened, Salvo ends up kidnapping Rita and segregating her in an abandoned industrial warehouse far away in the deserted Sicilian countryside.Despite the risks and her hostility, he starts taking care of her, leading a double life to keep his strange bond with Rita a secret from his crime family. When Salvo's mafia boss discovers that he didn't eliminate Rita, the underworld code of honor must be satisfied. Salvo and Rita go on the run, knowing that death awaits them if they are caught.

international title: Salvo
original title: Salvo
country: Italy, France
sales agent: Playtime
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
film run: 103'
release date: IT 27/06/2013, FR 16/10/2013, GB 01/03/2014
screenplay: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
cast: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Mario Pupella, Luigi Lo Cascio
cinematography by: Daniele Ciprì
film editing: Desideria Rayner
art director: Marco Dentici
producer: Massimo Cristaldi, Fabrizio Mosca, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Raphel Berdugo
production: Cristaldi Pictures, Acaba Produzioni, MACT Productions, Cité Films
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per il cinema, Apulia Film Commission
distributor: Good Films, Bodega Films, Peccadillo Pictures
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main awards/selection

Cannes 2013 Semaine de la Critique
Grand Prix 2013
Revelation Prize
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2013 
Paris Cinéma 2013 
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013 
London Film Festival 2013 
Chicago International Film Festival 2013 
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2013 
Stockholm International Film Festival 2013 
Mons International Love Film Festival 2014 

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