Marco Bellocchio has reviewed the history of Italy through his cinema. His dramas and political thrillers have stuck the knife in events that have marked the future of his country. The kidnapping of Aldo Moro in that diptych formed by Good morning, night and Exterior Night ; or the fight against the Mafia in The Traitor are two of the best examples. Now he sets his sights further back, in 1858, in the city of Bologna, when the Pope ordered the kidnapping of a seven-year-old Jewish boy who had been secretly baptized by one of the maids. The family fought to recover their son, but the power of the Church in the country was greater and was not going to allow a fundamental dogma for them such as baptism to be questioned.
He does so in The Abduction – already in cinemas – a film that, for the director, recovers an event that was a turning point in Italy and where the breeding ground for anti-Semitism that would later explode in the Second War could be seen. World. Also the ties and roots of Catholicism in a society that remains under its shadow. The project was in the hands of Steven Spielberg for many years, and Bellocchio himself confirmed it in front of a small group of journalists at the last Cannes festival: “Yes, I think he really wanted to do it and it was in an advanced stage of preparation.”