Director Matteo Garrone Exclusive Video Interview GOMORRA

     February 10, 2009

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

Opening this week, in limited release, is director Matteo Garrone’s amazing movie “Gomorrah”. The film not only won the 2008 Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has been on many people’s best of lists, but it’s currently sitting at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes after 44 reviews. Trust me…it’s a great film and one absolutely worth seeing.

If you haven’t heard of “Gomorrah”, the movie is based on Roberto Saviano’s international bestseller about Italy’s infamous Camorra crime family. But rather than try and make some Hollywood version of what’s really going on in Italy, director Matteo Garrone has made a movie that plays more like a documentary than a work of fiction. In fact, many of the things that are portrayed in the movie are based on a real life example…and that’s why the film is so explosive.

The fact is, the Camorra crime family reaches into every aspect of people’s lives in Italy. They poison rivers, dump waste wherever they want, and they control many parts of the government. This film aims to shine a light at what’s really going on. To try and make that happen, the film follows five stories that are all woven together. By the end, everyone has been touched by the Camorra.

Again, see this movie. I cannot recommend it enough.

Anyway, I was able to interview director Matteo Garrone about the film and it’s below. He talks about making the film, have things changed in Italy since the movie was released, and did he ever feel any pressure while filming. Finally, if you’d like to see the trailer or some movie clips from “Gomorrah”, click here.

Matteo Garrone

  • When did he first discover the book and when did he decide to make the movie
  • With the subject matter that he covers, how difficult was it to make the movie on location? Did he feel any pressure on the set?
  • Has the toxic waste situation changed at all since the movie – he says the book helped to change the situation in Italy and the movie also helped

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