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Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone presents a masterful tale of twisted friendship, not-so-petty crime and revenge, set in a seedy coastal town on the outskirts of Rome.

Showing at cinemas UK wide with live Q&A broadcast - check here for details

Dir Matteo Garrone
Prod Matteo Garrone, Jean Labadie, Jeremy Thomas, Paolo Del Brocco, Alessio Lazzareschi
Scr Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso, Matteo Garrone, Maurizio Braucci
With Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
UK Distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

Marcello, an expert dog groomer, lives in a grotty seaside village near Rome. He ekes out a meagre living running petty errands for local thieves. The light in Marcello’s life is his daughter who he takes on diving trips. But the fragile ecosystem Marcello inhabits is torn to shreds when he falls under the ambit of Simone, a bullying and violent criminal. With an understated, tragicomic atmosphere and detailing the minutiae of lives on the margins, Garrone’s compelling film builds inexorably to a powerful and emotionally devastating climax. The director is aided in no small part by Marcello Fonte’s terrific central performance which deservedly earned him the Best Actor award at Cannes.

Adrian Wootton

Additional information

This Dogman preview, which will be screened UK-wide, is presented on the occasion of the European Art Cinema Day with the BFI FAN Network. Thanks to Curzon.

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