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April 24–30, 2015

Chicago Theatrical

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
(La mafia uccide solo d'estate)

Film still: The Mafia Kills Only in Summer Film still: The Mafia Kills Only in Summer


Best Comedy
Film Awards
"Popular TV satirist Pierfrancesco Diliberto...does a remarkable job negotiating the delicate balance between humor and heartrending emotion in his terrific feature debut"
"Charming and engrossing"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Diliberto has managed to make a political comedy that seems at once tremendously funny and intensely serious—a provocative, and perhaps even important, combination"
  —Village Voice
"Not only an entertaining film but an important act of political defiance"

Pierfrancesco Diliberto (a renowned TV host and political comedian, better known as Pif) wrote, directed, and stars in this subversive, irreverent feature debut about Arturo, a young boy whose obsession with the Mafia's casual presence in his city surpasses even his passion for Flora, the beautiful schoolmate who remains his main love interest until adulthood. Pif uses Arturo's unrequited love story as the vehicle to narrate the most tragic events in Italy's recent history, starting with the Cosa Nostra's criminal actions in Sicily in the '70s, which soon spread through the country (encompassing the barbaric murder of judges Falcone and Borsellino, an event that Pif handles with astounding boldness).

Winner of the Audience Award at the Torino Film Festival, The Mafia Kills Only in Summer is a brave and intelligent dark comedy with a powerful message. "One day I stopped and looked around. And that's when I asked myself the question: how can the Mafia enter the lives of people so arrogantly in Palermo and so few say something about it?" (Pif)

Directed by Pif (as Pierfrancesco Diliberto), Italy, 2013, Italy, 90 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.


  • Fri.–Sat., Apr. 24–25 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Apr. Apr. 26 at 4:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Apr. 27–30 at 7 & 9 pm
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