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Gomorrah, from Cannes to Festival Film of the Year Nominee

Gommorrah by Matteo Garrone is one of the 8 FILMFESTIVALS.COM's nominees of Festival Film of Year by filmfestivals.com
the other nominees are:

Frost/Nixon by Ron Howard
London, Golden Globes, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards

Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle
Toronto, London, Austin, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards

Changeling by Clint Eastwood
Cannes, New York, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards

Vicky Cristina by Barcelona Woody Allen
Cannes, San Sebastian, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards

In Bruges by Martin McDonagh
sundance, British Independent Film Award, Golden Globe, Satellite Award

Gomorrah by Matteo Garrone
Grand Jury Prize cannes, EFA winner of 5 awards, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, New York, Stockholm, Chicago, AFI, Denver, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award

Hunger by Steve Mac Queen
Cannes, Ghent, Sydney, London, New York, British Independent Film Award, chicago Film Festival, Independent Spirit Award, Montreal, Venice stockohlm,Sydney, Tallin,

The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA)
Venice, New York, AFI Toronto, Independent Spirit Award, Golden Globe, SAG Awards, Satellite Award

Organized crime casts its shadow on the day, with Gomorrah, adapted from Roberto Saviano's bestseller about the Camorra, competing in the official Selection. This audacious dive into the heart of the Neapolitan underworld is directed by Matteo Garrone, who was at the Cannes Festival in 2002 with The Embalmer, selected by the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

"The raw material I had to work with when shooting Gomorrah," Garrone remarked, "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."

The result is a true story within a story of the workings of the Naples crime families. A single rule, a single tool: violence. A single language: the gun. A single dream: power. A single fulfillment: blood. We look in on a few days in the life of those who dwell in a world devoid of mercy. As clan wars rage over various illicit business operations, Gomorrah traces the interlocking destinies of several characters trapped in the infernal web of the Camorra.

Cannes Press conference:

The whole crew of the film Gomorrah gathered in the conference room to field questions from the international press. Present with director Matteo Garrone and investigative journalist Roberto Saviano were actors Maria Nazionale, Toni Servillo, Salvatore Cantalupo, and Gianfelice Imparato, screenwriter Maurizio Braucci, and producer Domenico Procacci. Highlights follow:

Matteo Garrone, on decisions about the film's form:
"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... War reports also influenced me and encouraged me to choose this kind of language, because you need to give the audience the feeling that they're actually there... So that people almost sensed the smells in those places."

Roberto Saviano, on seeing organized crime as a corporation:
"The day the Twin Towers collapsed, two Neapolitans call each other up and say, 'Oh, did you see? There's some land available in lower Manhattan.' What the rest of the world experienced as a tragedy, they saw as an investment opportunity. That gives you an idea of how dynamic this organization is."

Matteo Garrone, on the risks involved in shooting:
"The population was very available. They participated whole-heartedly, and they were the first spectators of the film. When we shot these scenes, they were always looking on, providing advice, and participating actively. Often, it's the cinema that helps to shape these people's taste, and not the opposite... Even if the film denounces a given "reality," it moves in a different direction. It's not designed to be a kind of an inquiry... I don't feel I'm in any danger... I think the film and the book are very complementary."

Gianfelice Imparato, on his part:
"I was very fortunate, because my character represented the fear of most people who find themselves in such a situation... Just to react to what Matteo said, I agree. My character had to be invisible. No one was supposed to see him. In fact, he was called the Submarine... I was able to apply the rule I use in theater, the rule of subtraction... I really had to feel this fear."

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