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IFF20 Once Upon a Time in Bethlehem

18+ 105 MIN

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The new comedy from comic duo Salvatore Ficarra and Valentino Picone (It’s the Law IFF17), Once Upon a Time...in Bethlehem is a hilarious twist on the well-known story of the nativity, starring both directors in the lead roles.
Ficarra is Salvo, a convinced atheist from Palermo and a thief of religious art pieces, while Picone
co-stars as Father Valentino from Roccadimezzo Sicula, a priest fascinated by the iconic power of the nativity scene. Their two worlds collide on the eve of the Christmas holidays when, due to unknown magical forces, both find themselves transported across space and time to a real-life nativity scene: it’s Palestine in the year zero, only days before the birth of Jesus Christ…
Their fantastic journey together to a faraway world brings the pair to rediscover themselves and find courage in the face of great danger. Tasked with saving baby Jesus from the threat of King Herod (Massimo Popolizio, The Champion IFF19), who is incensed by the news of the birth of the King of Kings, will Salvo and Father Valentino risk their own lives to succeed?


WINNER: David of the Audience, David di Donatello Awards 2020 

Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 25th November


105 min




Roberta Mattei, Massimo Popolizio, Salvo Ficarra, Valentino Picone


Salvo Ficarra, Valentino Picone


Film Festival


Italian with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Kino Cinema