This screening is part of a short season at the ICA dedicated to the brilliant Italian director Elio Petri. Full details here.
Here is the ICA introduction:
Petri's first adaptation of a work by Leonardo Sciascia follows the unauthorised investigation of timid left-wing university professor Laurana (Gian Maria Volonté) who refuses to discount a double murder in his Sicilian hometown as an old-fashioned honour killing. On the trail of the real murderer in what soon appears to be a politically-motivated crime, Laurana must navigate a maze-like conspiracy which appears to implicate most of the town's dignitaries. Complicating matters, he also falls in love with one of the murdered men's wives.
This claustrophobic thriller is a study of the interaction between organised crime and power in which the Mafia (never explicitly mentioned) is analysed as a social phenomenon deeply and irrevocably ingrained into society.
The Q&A after the screening will feature Alan O'Leary and Nico Marzano.
Dr Alan O'Leary is Senior Lecturer in Italian Cinema and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. He recently partook in a series of overseas fellowships as part of the World Universities Network. Nico Marzano is Film & Cinema Manager at the ICA.
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