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Vincere (Italy)

Directed by:
Marco Bellocchio
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Inernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon
TIFF edition:

There is a secret in the life of Mussolini: a wife and a son, Benito Albino, who was born, acknowledged and then denied. The secret bears a name: Ida Dalser. It is a dark page in history, one ignored in the official biography of the Duce. When Ida meets Mussolini in Milan, he is the editor of Avanti! and an ardent Socialist who intends to guide the masses towards an anti-clerical, anti-monarchical, socially emancipated future. Ida truly believes in him and his ideas. In order to finance Il Popolo d’Italia, the nucleus of the forthcoming Fascist Party, Ida sells everything she has. When the First World War erupts, Benito Mussolini enrolls in the Army and disappears. When Ida finds him again in a military hospital, he is tended to by Rachele whom he has just married...

Awards & Festival: Cannes 2009 (the official competition)