New Release: The Sicilian Girl DVD

Music Box Films released the Italian dramatic thriller The Sicilian Girl on DVD on Nov. 30, 2010, for the suggested retail price of $29.95.

The movie is based on the true story of how 17-year-old Rita Atria broke the Sicilian Mafia’s code of silence when she provided testimony about “The Family” to the magistrate Paolo Borsellino, an action that was sparked by the murder of her father and brother, who were Mafia members as well.

Directed and co-written by Marco Amenta, The Sicilian Girl stars Veronica D’Agostino as Rita Atria, the young woman who risks her life to avenge the murders of her father and brother, and Gérard Jugnot as Paolo Borsellino, the Palermo judge who rises to challenge of taking down the Mafia.

With a prosecution that Borsellino based on Rita’s first-hand account of life within the Cosa Nostra (which she had recorded in the diaries she kept since she was a child), the trial that’s depicted in the film resulted in the conviction of a group of powerful Sicilian syndicate members. The event marked the first time a woman born into a Mob-affiliated household would defy “The Family” and offer testimony about their nefarious activities.

Supplemental features on the DVD include behind-the-scenes featurettes and trailers.


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