Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Mob Drama ‘The Traitor’

Cannes 2019: “The Traitor,” or “Il traditore,” was directed by Marco Bellocchio

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American, Latin American, Scandinavian, Australian and New Zealand rights to Marco Bellocchio’s mob drama “The Traitor,” or “Il traditore,” following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

Bellocchio also wrote the script with Ludovica Rampoldi, Valia Santela, and Francesco Piccolo. “The Traitor” is produced by Beppe Caschetto, Michael Weber, Viola Fugen, Simone Gattoni, Caio Gullane, Fabiano Gullane and Alexandra Henochsberg, while Paula Cosenza and Thiago Mascarenhas are serving as executive producers.

The drama follows the real life of Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian Mafia boss who became an informant for authorities in Sicily during the 1980s. Pierfrancesco Favino, Maria Fernanda Candido and Luigi Lo Cascio star.

“The Traitor” is a co-production between IBC Movie, Rai Cinema, Kavac Film, Gullane Productions, Ad Vitam Production, and Match Factory Productions.

Also on Friday, Sony Pictures Classics announced that it acquired the worldwide rights to “The Climb,” written and directed by Michael Angelo Covino. The film stars Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Talia Balsam, George Wendt, and Judith Godrèche.