May 23rd, 1992: the Sicilian Mafia detonates a bomb on a section of motorway near Capaci in Sicily. Anti-mafia Judge Giovanni Falcone is murdered, along with his wife and two bodyguards. One year on from that tragic event, Giuseppe Ferrara tells the story of those days. Just like in his fantastic Cento giorni a Palermo, another film dedicated to a deadly event in the history of Italy (the assassination of General Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa by the Mafia), the director combines a rigorous reconstruction of events and a no-holds-barred denunciation of the authorities, with effective storytelling that draws you in, moves you and leaves you outraged. Once again, Ferrara proves himself to be one of the most lucid exponents of Italian exposé cinema. The film also features wonderful performances by Michele Placido and Anna Bonaiuto as Judge Falcone and his wife Francesca Morvillo.
Judge Giovanni Falcone’s fight against the Mafia ends in his assassination: organised crime and the authorities that allow it to thrive can no longer tolerate a man who is so determined to fight them.