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Italian Film Series

Bringing Contemporary Italian Film to Rochester

Rochester’s first Italian Film Series—showcasing Italian films and promoting Italian culture and heritage in our area. With captivating films and special events planned at The Little Theatre and The Cinema Theater in Rochester, the Italian Film Series is a welcome addition to the many events in our area

Showing Now

The Italian Film Series has partnered up with the Cinema Theater and Sony Picture Classics to bring the first Italian film of the Series in a streaming format. Il Traditore (The Traitor) is an acclaimed movie that has been getting raves at all international film festivals, winning 12 awards and being nominated for an additional 35 awards. Starring Italian favorite Pier Francesco Favino and directed by Marco BellocchioTHE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next. Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra. Parts of this movie is in Sicilian dialect, something that some will find very enjoyable.

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Buy Tickets

Your purchase allows you to rent the movie for three days, starting any time between Mon. May 4 and Fri. May 8.  You will receive the streaming link via email, sent directly from Sony Pictures Classics.  Any questions, please call The Cinema Theater at 585.217.2539 or send email to .  Thank you for supporting the Cinema Theater and the Italian Film Series!

Pierfrancesco Favino Interview with Jeannine Guilyard

Our Sponsors

The Italian Film Series is a unique opportunity to explore contemporary stories through the eyes and insights of celebrated Italian filmmakers. The following sponsors are actively engaged in the success of the Italian Film Series. Thank you all so much for your support.

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