Foreign Film Festival
This dark comedy gives one a sense of the impact the Mafia has on daily life in Sicily. It follows the coming of age story of an eccentric main character named Arturo, whose life is touched by the mafia both directly and indirectly. Arturo is played by Pif, an icon of Italian pop culture and the writer and director of this film.
An interesting factor of this film is that it was produced and released without paying a “pizzo”, or a payment to the mafia that was expected from many business and productions at the time, that would allow them to go about their business and be left alone. Given it’s controversial subject matter and it’s comedic overtones this daring protest to the “pizzo” makes this  film ever more groundbreaking.

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