When slick and successful businessman Adriano (Riccardo Scamarcio, Loro LIFF18) wakes up next to his dead mistress in a resort hotel room, he becomes the obvious chief suspect. He selects Virginia Ferrara (Maria Paiato, An Almost Perfect Town LIFF17), a veteran criminal attorney who has never lost a case to defend him. The two only have three hours to prepare the case, discredit a key witness, and ﬁnd the evidence conﬁrming Adriano’s innocence.
Largely told in ﬂashback, director Stefano Mordini’s taut thriller cleverly recreates the days that lead up to that terrible night as the guilt-ridden Adriano, still in love with his wife, tries to break off his affair while on a clandestine trip. As more facts are coaxed out by Virginia, the characters' motivations begin to blur. The Invisible Witness builds intrigue and exhilarating tension up to its astonishing ﬁnale which proves no one is ever quite who they ﬁrst seem.
Palace Westgarth: 8:50pm - Sat 21 Sept
The film screening will be preceded by an introduction from our festival guest Maria Teresa Favia, story editor of THE INVISIBLE WITNESS.
Born in Marradi in northern Italy in 1968, Stefano Mordini entered the ﬁlm industry as a producer in 1990. He has been directing music videos and documentaries since the mid-90s, including a four-part series about the effects of globalization on South America. Mordini has been teaching at the Istituto Universitario di Lingue Moderne (IULM) in Milan since 2002. He is known for his ﬁlms including Smalltown, Italy (2005) and Pericle (2016).