THE TRAITOR tells the true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra.
In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next.
Arrested and extradited to Italy by the Brazilian police, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: He decides to meet with Judge Giovanni Falcone and betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra.
"Without entirely denying his audience the pleasures of the gangster genre — or of his own brash, baroque, sensual cinematic style — [director Marco Beloocchio] strips away accumulated layers of romance and mystification, producing a vivid, complicated portrait that is also a political parable." A.O. Scott. A New York Times Critic's Pick!