The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (film)

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (Italian: La mafia uccide solo d'estate) is a 2013 Italian comedy-drama film. It marked the directorial debut of the TV satirist Pif.[3][4][5] The Italian Senate President and former anti-mafia magistrate Pietro Grasso referred to this film as the best film work on Sicilian Mafia ever made.[6]

The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
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ItalianLa mafia uccide solo d'estate
Directed byPif
Written byPif
Michele Astori
Marco Martani
Cristiana Capotondi
CinematographyRoberto Forza
Music bySanti Pulvirenti
Release dates
  • November 25, 2013 (2013-11-25) (Torino)[1]
  • November 28, 2013 (2013-11-28) (Italy)[2]
Running time
90 minutes

The film premiered at the 2013 Torino Film Festival and released to theatres in Italy on 28 November 2013.[1][2] It was awarded best comedy film at the 27th European Film Awards.[7][8]


The story takes place in Palermo and it follows the story of the young Arturo Giammarresi, who wishes to become a journalist and has loved Flora since he was ten years old. His awkward attempts to conquer her heart run parallel to his (and his city's) slow realisation of the existence of Cosa Nostra. In the end, the movie is mostly a homage paid to the policemen and the magistrates who fought and gave their lives between the late 1970s and 1992, heroes of legality that were martyred in the attempt to dismantle the Sicilian Mafia.


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  1. ^ a b "Pif a Torino per girare il nuovo film. Set tra la Nuvola Lavazza e il Regio". Corriere della Sera. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Cinema: Pif,una commedia d'amore per ridere sulla mafia - Musica, film e libri -". Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  3. ^ "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer review". The Sydney morning herald. 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ Paola Nicita (November 28, 2013). "Pif e la generazione antimafia". La Repubblica. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  5. ^ Jay Weissberg (December 16, 2013). "Film Review: 'The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer'". Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  6. ^ Attilio Bolzoni (3 December 2013). "Grasso e il film di Pif: "Ecco la mia Palermo quando la mafia era tabù"". La Repubblica. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  7. ^ ""La Mafia uccide solo d'estate" di Pif miglior commedia degli Oscar europei 2014". Adnkronos. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  8. ^ Scott Roxborough (13 December 2014). "Polish 'Ida' Wins Big at European Film Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 December 2014.

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