One of Italian director Francesco Rosi’s finest works, The Mattei Affair was key to the development of Rosi’s style of ‘investigative thriller'. The film tells the story of Enrico Mattei, an influential Italian businessman who made powerful enemies in the world of organised crime and died under mysterious circumstances. An innovative fusion of documentary and fiction, Rosi intersperses Mattei’s story with footage of his own attempt to find out what happened to his friend, the journalist Mauro De Mauro, who disappeared whilst undertaking research for the film.

Part of the retrospective States of Danger and Deceit: European Thrillers in the 1970s (presented by HOME / supported by the BFI). The full list of titles in the retrospective at LIFF 2017 is as follows: The Day of the JackalThe DeputyDon't Torture a DucklingThe FlightInvestigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionThe Lost Honour of Katharina BlumThe Man on the RoofThe Mattei AffairSeven Days in JanuaryState of SiegeZ.

Please note tickets for film screenings before 5.30pm today (9th November) are available on the door from the venue all day and not online: our box office at Leeds Town Hall is open from 1.00pm, Hyde Park Picture House from noon, and Everyman Leeds and Vue at The Light from 12.30pm.

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