Italian sales agent Fandango has taken international rights to Franco Maresco’s Venice Competition documentary Mafia Is Not What It Used To Be.
The film marks Maresco’s return to the Lido following his 2014 documentary Belluscone (a Sicilian slang name for former disgraced prime minister Silvio Berlusconi) which screened in Horizons.
Mafia Is Not What It Used To Be is a sequel of sorts to Belluscone, combining bringing together some of the characters from that film with the work of renowned Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia.
The documentary reconnects with the music manager and small street festival organizer Ciccio Mira, introduced in Belluscone. He was an old-style mafia associate who organised TV appearances and small town street tours for his local modern folk-pop singers to send coded messages to convicted mafia bosses who were watching the shows in prison.
Now a seemingly redeemed Ciccio Mira is planning a tribute concert for anti-mafia heroes, judges Falcone and Borsellino.
Mafia Is Not What It Used To Be is produced by Ilapalma-Dreamfilm and Tramp Limited and Istituto Luce has Italian rights.
Belluscone was released by Parthenos in Italy in 2014.