An assassin for the Sicilian mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he is assigned to eliminate a rival Mafia clan, he discovers Rita, an innocent blind girl who stands powerlessly by whilst over hearing her brother’s murder.
What follows is an intense exchange, fuelled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and witness. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his violent instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side.
Winner of the 2013 Critics Week Grand Prix prize at Cannes and nominated for the BFI London Film Festival Sutherland Award for first feature, SALVO brings a renewed sensory suspense to the mafia movie with sublime cinematography and evocative soundscape. The film marks the stylishly energetic directorial debut from Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.
Certificate: 15 Distributor: Peccadillo Pictures
Dir. Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza, Italy | France, 2013, 104 mins, Italian
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Luigi Lo Cascio, Sara Serraiocco