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Vincere Details


This unusual and offbeat historical drama rests on a little-known conceit. Though seldom discussed in history books (and reportedly undisclosed for half a century), fascist dictator Benito Mussolini conceived an illegitimate son by a woman named Ida Dalser -- a son Mussolini allowed to be born, acknowledged, and then promptly denied for the duration of his life. The tale begins in early 20th century Milan, with Benito (Fabrizio Costella) working as the socialist editor of a controversial newspaper called Avanti. His dream in life involves triumphantly leading the Italian masses away from monarchy and toward a "socially emancipated future." He met the young and wealthy Ida (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) once before, in Trento -- where they enjoyed a brief exchange; they re-encounter one another during Mussolini's period at Avanti and it becomes clear that Ida has fallen deeply in love with Benito. She believes wholeheartedly in his ideals and his future as the leader of Italy -- to such an extent that she sells everything she has (her apartment, furniture, jewelry, and the beauty salon she owns) to fuel the development of his newspaper, Il Popolo d'Italia.While the two become romantically entangled, with Ida positively magnetized by Benito's charisma and Benito hooked on a lust for power, Benito quickly switches spiritual and political allegiances overnight, changing from an atheistic socialist to a deeply Catholic fascist -- Catholic, because an allegiance with the Vatican will enable him to wrest and retain control over Italy's government. Benito and Ida marry and parent a son together, Benito Albino Mussolini (circa 1915), but the marriage certificate soon conveniently disappears and Ida learns, to her horror, that Benito has married someone else. She unwisely begins to protest the situation -- so loudly and persistently that she's first forced into house arrest and then shoved permanently into an insane asylum -- raising key questions about the fate and future of her young son. On a stylistic level, director Marco Bellocchio films this historical material with the passion, theatricality, lyricism, and tragedy of a classical Italian opera. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:March 19, 2010


Awarded by
National Society of Film Critics Giovanna Mezzogiorno Best Actress 2010 Nominee


Giovanna Mezzogiorno
as Ida Dalser
Fabrizio Costella
as The Young Benito Albino
Michela Cescon
as Rachele Mussolini
Fausto Russo Alesi
as Riccardo Paicher
Filippo Timi
as Benito Mussolini
Piergiorgio Bellocchio
as Pietro Fedele
Corrado Invernizzi
as Doctor Cappelletti
Paolo Pierobon
as Giulio Bernardi
Bruno Cariello
as The Judge
Francesca Picozza
as Adelina
Simona Nobili
as Mother Superior
Vanessa Scalera
as Merciful Nun
Giovanna Mori
as The German
Patrizia Bettini
as The Singer
Silvia Ferretti
as Red Shoes
Corinne Castelli
as Tears


Marco Bellocchio
Mario Gianani
Marco Bellocchio
Marco Bellocchio
Screen Story
Daniela Ceselli
Daniele Cipri
Carlo Crivelli
Composer (Music Score)
Francesca Calvelli
Marco Dentici
Production Designer
Hengameh Panahi
Christian Baute
Olivia Sleiter
Executive Producer
Sergio Ballo
Costume Designer
Gaetano Carito
Sound/Sound Designer
Stefania De Santis

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