Iddu, the film about Matteo Messina Denaro with Germano and Servillo. The tragic and farcical mystery of his fugitive


By John

Iddu, in Sicilian dialect is him, he. In the new film by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza refer to Matteo Messina Moneythe highly wanted man who died last September, eight months after his arrest on January 16, 2023, after almost thirty years on the run, in an alley near the La Maddalena private clinic in Palermo, in the San Lorenzo district.

Two of our greatest actors, Toni Servillo and Elio Germano, involved in the project from the beginning, act together for the first time for this film which freely inspired by a period in the life of the mafia boss tells «the story of the world that whirls recklessly around him and protects the tragic and farcical mystery of his prolonged in the run. A world in which gambles and existential crises never give the desired results.”

The film by the two Sicilian directors whose previous works have gone to many festivals, including Cannes, will be released in cinemas during 2024 (after a premiere at the Venice Film Festival?), distributed by 01 Distribution and will have original music composed by Colapesce.

Also in the cast Daniela Marra, Barbora Bobulova, Fausto Russo Alesi, Giuseppe Tantillo and with Antonia Truppo, with the participation of Tommaso Ragno. Iddu was filmed this summer entirely in Western Sicily, also involving the territories where the Castelvetrano boss mainly exercised his criminal power.

“In Italy’s rich criminal history, Matteo Messina Denaro and his thirty-year hiding are unique. What has emerged over the years from investigations and news reports has offered us – say Grassadonia and Piazza – the possibility of digging into his enigmatic personality and shedding light on the variegated system of relationships that his invisible presence has nourished. In our film, the fugitive is the center of a whirlwind dance of characters who in the sleep of reason chase dreams that always end up turning into nightmares. Tragic and ridiculous nightmares.”