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"extremely stylish...intense and intriguing" - Allan Hunter

Directors: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia

Writer: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia

Stars: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Mario Pupella


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.

  • 'extremely stylish...intense and intriguing"
    -The Express
  • "Harks back to the golden age of European art cinema."
    -Sight & Sound

  • "A mafia thriller that takes a surprising turn from business into salvation and miracle."
    -The Times
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Sara Serraiocco, Mario Pupella, Luigi Lo Cascio
Directors: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
Writers: Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
Country: Italy
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 105
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Release Date: 29-09-2014
VoD Release Date: 29-09-2014
Cinema Release Date: 21-03-2014
DVD Extras: Short Film 'Rita' | Behind the Scenes | Interview with directors and cast
Dvd Catalogue Number: 5060265150136; EC1013
Year: 2013
Producers: Massimo Cristaldi, Fabrizio Mosca
Editor: Desideria Rayner
Cinematography: Daniele Ciprì

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