the confessions


Director:  Roberto Ando

Length:  100 mins

Cast:  Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino, Moritz Bleibtreu, Connie Nielsen, Marie-Josee Croze, Lambert Wilson

Genre:  Drama, Thriller

Language:  In Italian with English subtitles


Winning the Nastro d’Argento and David di Donatello awards for Best Screenplay with his 2013 political satire Long Live Freedom (LIFF13), Roberto Andò turns his sharp gaze to the world of international finance with the story of a silent monk beholden to the privilege of confession amid a plot to destabilise the global economy.

The world’s most powerful leaders are gathered to enact important provisions at a G8 summit. Strangely, among the guests is an Italian monk, Salus, having just emerged from a long period of silent meditation. He has been invited by Daniel Roché, the Director of the International Monetary Fund, who wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. When Roché is found dead the next morning, Salus becomes the main suspect, but he refuses to break the seal of the private confessional. The finance ministers fear that Roché might have leaked the details of their plan and now Salus’ silence may upend the schemes of the most powerful people in the world.

Ando' takes us back to the world of politics in this offbeat thriller featuring an international cast including Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty, LIFF 2012).



  • Ecumenical Jury Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016




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