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Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara

In 1858 Bologna, a 6-year-old named Edgardo Mortara was seized by authorities of the papal state, taken away from his Jewish parents, and placed in the care of the Church. Believed to have been baptized in the cradle under odd circumstances, the child would be claimed as a Catholic. His mind erased of his family’s religious heritage and beliefs, Edgardo was, unbeknownst to him, at the center of an international firestorm that led directly to the Italian people’s rejection of the Pope’s rule amidst the tumultuous Risorgimento. In this sumptuously mounted film from treasured octogenarian director Marco Bellocchio, the Mortara case becomes an extraordinary, nearly operatic historical drama. Kidnapped is at once a personal, human-scale narrative of a family in crisis, following parents who will do anything to retrieve their child from the clutches of a ruthless theocratic government, and a wide-scope portrait of a country on the cusp of revolution. An NYFF61 Main Slate selection. A Cohen Media Group release.

- Synopsis provided by Fabric Origin


  • Marco Bellocchio


  • Fabrizio Gifuni
  • Filippo Timi
  • Barbara Ronchi
  • Fausto Russo Alesi
  • Paolo Pierobon
  • Leonardo Maltese
  • Enea Sala


  • Daniela Ceselli
  • Daniele Scalise
  • Edoardo Albinati
  • Marco Bellocchio
  • Susanna Nicchiarelli


  • Alessio Lazzareschi
  • Alexandra Henochsberg
  • Beppe Caschetto
  • Cécile Tollu-Polonowski
  • Gaudy Rossi
  • Maurizio Feverati
  • Maya Scherr-Willson
  • Michael Weber
  • Olivier Père
  • Paolo Del Brocco
  • Patrick Carrarin
  • Pierre-François Piet
  • Sebastian Fröhlich
  • Simone Gattoni
  • Sonia Cilia
  • Viola Fügen

Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara is not showing in any theaters in the area.

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