Matteo Garrone won the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 80th Venice International Film Festival for his film Io Capitano.
The Italian-Belgian co-production tells the dramatic and moving story of two young people from Dakar, Senegal, who face the dangers of the sub-Saharan desert, torture in Libya and a dangerous journey on a boat full of migrants. reach the “promised land”: Italy. The two main characters are debutant actors Moussa and Seydoux Sarr, who received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Emerging Actor.
Matteo Garrone (Rome, 1968), director, screenwriter and producer, after graduating from the Art Lyceum in Via di Ripetta, having worked as a cameraman and devoting himself to painting, he made his debut as a director with a short film. Silhouette (1996), which would then become part of a subsequent feature film. middle earth with two other immigration stories.
In ’98 he made a documentary Oreste Pipolo, wedding photographer and film Guests. Four years later he achieved critical success with l‘embalmer (2002), a film with a noir feel, for which he won the David di Donatello Award for Best Screenplay.
True success comes to him Gomorrah (2008), based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano, which brought him the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe nomination and numerous European Film Awards. WITH Reality (2012) he again wins the Grand Prix in Cannes and in 2015 shoots a fantasy horror Tale of Tales – Tale of Taleswith Vincent Cassel and Salma Hayek.
Great Dane Man (2018) will be Italy’s choice for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and in 2019 its PinocchioThe film, starring Roberto Benigni as Geppetto, received two Oscar nominations (Best Costume Design and Best Makeup). In 2018, he studied with Mario Martone at the IULM University of Milan, specializing in the Art of Storytelling.