Io Capitano

Io Capitano

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Seydou and Moussa are two young Senegalese men who, alongside other destitute souls, navigate perilous challenges reminiscent of the “Laestrygonians and Cyclopes” in their desperate quest to reach Europe for the promise of a better life. And Matteo Garrone’s new film, which comes laden with awards from the Venice Film Festival (including the Silver Lion for Best Director and Best New Actor for Seydou Sarr), serves as Italy’s official submission for the upcoming Best International Feature Film Oscar. It unfolds this contemporary Odyssey right from the beginning, offering a perspective through the eyes of its heroes, disregarding the so-called ‘Western’ viewpoint that many other films in recent times have adopted when depicting refugees and immigrants. A cinematic epic that manages to be both lyrical and sincere in equal measure, rivaling, if not surpassing, the heights of the Italian director’s greatest works.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Matteo Garrone
Script: Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Massimo Ceccherini, Andrea Tagliaferri
Cinematography: Paolo Carnera
Editing: Marco Spoletini
Sound: Maricetta Lombardo, Mirko Perri, Daniela Bassani
Music: Andrea Farri
Actors: Seydou Sarr, Moustapha Fall, Issaka Sawagodo, Hichem Yacoubi, Doodou Sagna, Khady Sy, Bamar Kane, Cheick Oumar Diaw
Production: Archimede, Rai Cinema, Tarantula, Pathé FIlms
Producers: Matteo Garrone, Paolo Del Brocco
Costumes: Stefano Ciammitti
Production Design: Dimitri Capuani
Make Up: Dalia Colli
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Italy, Belgium
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 121'
Distribution in Greece: Weird Wave
Contact: Pathé Films
Awards/Distinctions: Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor, Silver Lion for Best Director, La Pellicola d'Oro Award for Best Production Director, UNESCO Award, FEDIC Award, Pasinetti Award, Green Drop Award, ImpACT Award, Lanterna Magica Award, Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award, SIGNIS Award, Soundtrack Stars Award for Best Soundtrack– Venice Film Festival 2023, City of Donostia Audience Award for Best European Film – San Sebastián IFF 2023

Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone is an Italian filmmaker. Born in Rome, the son of a theater critic and a photographer, in 1996 Garrone won the Sacher d’Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with  Silhouette, a short film became one of the three episodes that are on his first long feature, Terra di Mezzo in 1997. He won Best Director at the European Film Awards and at the David di Donatello Awards for Gomorrah (2008), among many other awards. His film Reality (2012) competed in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix. The Nastro d’argento awarded Garrone both Best Producer and Best Director for Dogman. He received the latter again for Pinocchio (2019).


1996 Land in Between
1998 Guests
2000 Estate romana
2004 Primo amore
2008 Gomorrah
2015 Tale of Tales
2017 Delightful (short)
2018 Dogman
2019 Pinocchio
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