In Rome in 1983, a dog groomer (called ercanaro in the local dialect, translating roughly as "dog sitter") named Pietro De Negri murdered-after many hours of torture-a former boxer named Giancarlo Ricci, who had been terrorizing the neighborhood. For the maker of Gomorrah, this tale serves as a pretext for a story-using the conventions of revenge films-about the mechanisms of violence, about how they break even those who want nothing more than peace and quiet for themselves. Garrone set his dark, evocative film near Naples, in a rain-lashed coastal housing-estate-turned-slum run by the Camorra,and a stoned, aggressive thug named Simone (Edoardo Pesce). Next to Simone, Marcello (Marcello Fonte, a Palme d'Or winner for this role), the owner of a salon for dogs, looks like Woody Allen next to the Hulk. So, it's no wonder that he gives in to every whim of this human Rottweiler: he supplies him with cocaine (he's also addicted) and helps him commit burglaries, all the while patiently suffering his insults. The director sees in Dogman the tragic consequences of this blind, dog-like loyalty, which is the curse of Italy, contributing to the break-up of real social ties, the devastation of the landscape and the disappearance of empathy. And, worst of all, it deprives people of hope.
Cannes IFF 2018 - Best Actor (Marcello Fonte), Palm Dog
Matteo Garrone was born in 1968. He made his debut in 1996 with the short film Silhouette, which won a Sacher d'Oro, an award funded by Nanni Moretti. He made his full-length debut the following year with Land in Between, and his next feature, Guests, came out a year after that. In 2000, he made Roman Summer. His fourth full-length film, The Embalmer, was very well received both by critics and by international audiences. His biggest success, however, wasGomorrah, based on the book by Roberto Saviano, which brought him the Grand Prix in Cannes, a European Film Award and a Donatello Prize.
1996 Terra di mezzo
1998 Ospiti / Guests
2000 Estate romana / Roman Summer
2002 Balsamista / L'Imbalsamatore / The Embalmer
2003 Primo amore / First Love
2008 Gomorra / Gomorrah
2015 Pentameron / Il racconto dei racconti