Loading Events
  • This event has passed.


19 May 2024 @ 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on 17 May 2024 at 7:30 pm

One event on 19 May 2024 at 4:30 pm

One event on 25 May 2024 at 7:30 pm

One event on 31 May 2024 at 7:30 pm

One event on 1 June 2024 at 8:30 pm

One event on 6 June 2024 at 7:30 pm

Date and time:

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 4.00pm
Friday, May 17, 2024, 7.30pm
Sunday, May 19, 2024, 4.30pm
Saturday, May 25, 2024, 7.30pm
Friday, May 31, 2024, 7.30pm
Saturday, June 1, 2024, 8.30pm
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 7.30pm

Never one to shy away from controversial subject matter, the veteran Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket, The Conviction) here brings to life an unbelievable true story lifted from the pages of a shocking and horrifying history. 

The year is 1858. Following Pope Pius IX’s orders, soldiers burst into the Mortara family’s Bologna home to forcibly remove their six-year-old son Edgardo. This because they’d heard from the Jewish family’s maid that she had secretly baptised him as a sickly infant for fear that he would die a Jew and his soul would remain in limbo. As such, under the Church’s doctrine, the boy is no longer permitted to live with his non-Catholic family, and is taken to be raised by the Church itself. The distraught Mortara family try desperately to get Edgardo back, and the scandal soon makes its way across the country and Europe at large. As they embark on an international campaign to have their son returned, they find themselves at the epicentre of a wider historical battle between the forces of Catholic authoritarianism and the political awakening taking place across Italy and throughout Europe.  

With Kidnapped, the Palme d’Or-winning director creates a gripping portrait of a small Jewish community in turmoil, at the mercy of a hostile and all-powerful theocracy. The film unfolds like a historical fresco, or a Caravaggio come to life, as Bellocchio brings a problematic part of his nation’s past to the screen, which stands as a testament to the perennial need, and the courage it requires, to resist totalitarianism.


Ticket Information

€7 ( and Istituto Italiano members)
Cinema Club Members
Concession tickets include students, senior citizens and Special ID Holders (SID).

Venue Information

Spazju Kreattiv Cinema

St James Cavalier, Castille Place
Valletta, Malta

Additional Information

2h 15m
Italian with English subtitles.