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May 8–14, 2015

Chicago Theatrical

Black Souls(Anime nere)

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Pasinetti Award:
Best Film
+ 3 other awards
Venice Film Fest
"An ominous, well-acted portrait of an ingrown feudal society of violence, retaliation and deadly machismo"
  —New York Times
"Measured, ethically resonant"
"Without flash, [director Francesco] Munzi balances authenticity and poetry... Overall, the plotline is not especially complicated. The telling is what distinguishes this excellent film from others about the mob"
  —Filmmaker Magazine
"An undeniably powerful piece of work"
  —Film Journal Intl
"The kind of gangster movie that other mob films aspire to be"
  —Village Voice
"Once the stage is set and the more intense plot elements of Black Souls kick in, the film's emphasis on character and setting pays off, just as the muted nature of the storytelling adds to its considerable power"
  —Los Angeles Times
3 stars "The deliberate pace pays off with lived-in characters and a surprisingly emotional undercurrent of near-Greek tragedy"

A gripping mafia fable based on true events, Black Souls is the story of a criminal family which unfolds like a western set in our own day, where the laws of blood and the vendetta take precedence over everything.

Embodying the complex morality inherited by each successive generation, the Carbone family consists of three brothers: Luigi (Marco Leonardi of Cinema Paradiso and Like Water for Chocolate), the youngest, is an international drug dealer; Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta), Milanese by adoption and a member of the middle class, runs a business funded by his brother's ill-gotten gains, and Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane), the oldest, is a farmer who refuses to participate in criminal activity. When Luciano's son carries out an act of intimidation against a local bar owner who insults the family honor, his reckless actions create trouble that brings the whole family back home for the inevitable bloody showdown. Luciano finds himself in the same predicament as the time his father was killed by a local boss many years earlier.

Directed by Francesco Munzi, 2014, Italy, 103 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., May 8 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., May 9 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., May 10 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 11–14 at 7 & 9 p.m
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