Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta, have to face every day. They hardly ever have a choice, and are almost always forced to obey the rules of the "system", the Camorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a "normal" life.
Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and apparently imaginary world, but one which is deeply rooted in reality.
Cannes IFF 2008
The raw material I had to work with when shooting Gomorrah was so visually powerful that I merely filmed it in as straightforward a way as possible, as if I were the passerby who happened to find myself there by chance. I thought this was the most effective way of reproducing the feelings I experienced during the time I spent making the film. To produce the kind of emotional impact that I experienced when I went there, I thought this was the right choice in terms of filming. I wanted the filming to be almost invisible. And the film also lends itself to this kind of language. Any comments or unnecessary camera work or framing didn't fit in with the film...
Matteo Garrone was born in 1968 in Rome. In 1996 he made his debut as a director with the short film Silhouette. The following year he produced his feature-length debut film Terra di mezzo on his own and a year later another story entitled Ospiti. In year 2000 he shot Estate romana. Both critics and the international audience extremely favourably reviewed his fourth feature-length film L'imbalsamatore.
1996 Silhouette (kr.m. / short)
1997 Terra di Mezzo
1997 Benvienido Espirito Santo (dok. / doc.)
1998 Un caso di forza maggiore
1998 Oreste Pipolo, fotografo di matrimoni (dok. / doc.)
1998 Ospiti / Guests
2000 Estate Romana / Roman Summer
2002 L'Imbalsamatore / The Embalmer
2004 Primo Amore/ First Love
2008 Gomora / Gomorra / Gomorrah