March 19th 2010
  • Drama,
  • Unrated,
  • 128 min,
  • IFC Releasing
  • Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Corrado Invernizzi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Paolo Pierobon, Bruno Cariello, Francesca Picozza, Simona Nobili, Giovanna Mori, Silvia Ferretti, Corinne Castelli, Patrizia Bettini, Fabrizio Costella, Diana Dell'Erba
  • Director: Marco Bellocchio
  • Writers: Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli
  • Producer: Mario Gianani
  • Associate Producers: Christian Baute, Hengameh Panahi
  • Executive Producer: Olivia Sleiter
  • Art Direction: Briseide Siciliano
  • Costume Design: Sergio Ballo
  • D.O.P.: Daniele Ciprì
  • Editor: Francesca Calvelli
  • Makeup: Franco Corridoni
  • Music: Carlo Crivelli
  • Production Design: Marco Dentici


Chronicles the largely unknown story of the secret marriage of Mussolini (Filippo Timi) to Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), a woman whom Il Duce met when he was a rising star in the Socialist movement. Inspired by the intensity of his beliefs and by the ferocious erotic charge of their lusty couplings, Dalser sells off all of her belongings to fund the newspaper that would eventually launch his political career. After bearing him a son, Dalser discovers, to her horror, that Mussolini already has another family—and he will do anything in his power to keep her away from them.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Piedmont, Italy; Turin, Italy
  • Production Budget: €9 million
  • Production Companies: Offside, Rai Cinema, Celluloid Dreams, Istituto Luce
  • Production Schedule: May 2008 - July 2008

Featured Articles


2010 Guide Analysis: "Veteran Italian filmmaker's Marco Bellocchio most internationally accessible and commercial feature to date, even if the tragic story of Mussolini's first wife is little known beyond the shores of The Apennine. One of the big contenders for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year alongside "A Prophet" and eventual winner "The White Ribbon", reviews from the Croisette and festivals throughout the second half of 2009 were all raves.

The film may not be the deepest or richest work of the auteur, but many reactions called it a potent and emotionally rousing study of the injustice suffered by the well-intentioned Dalser who too blindly carried a torch for her love even as he became one of history's most ruthless and bloodthirsty dictators. Considering the atrocities to life and liberty committed under Il Duce's reign, Western audiences will be less likely to empathise with a woman so devoted to a monster - then again, look at the box-office of "New Moon"."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 20 May 2009: Italy
  • 25 November 2009: France
  • 10 February 2010: Belgium, Luxembourg
  • 31 March 2010: Hong Kong
  • 22 April 2010: Netherlands
  • 23 April 2010: Brazil
  • 29 April 2010: Argentina