Italy, the 1970s. A criminal by age 9, Renato Vallanzasca would grow up to become the country’s most notorious mobster before the age of 27. While Vallanzasca lived by his own professional code of honor – he claimed that he never ‘shot anyone in the back’ – he and his gang took out their enemies and wrested control of the Milan underworld with a string of robberies, kidnappings and murders. Arrested multiple times, his daring escapes from prison enraged the government, angered his rivals and fed his legend.
Festivals: Venice 2010