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Directed by Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza

Italy 2013 104 mins. In Italian

A hit man for the Sicilian mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold, and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange, fueled by adrenaline and fear, between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita’s eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. Haunted by their encounter, both of these damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. “Salvo embraces crime genre tropes and then stretches them into a new shape, reminding that the confinement of genre can have unexpectedly fresh results.”—Film Comment. Winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.



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