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Io Capitano

Matteo Garrone | 2023 | 122 MINS
Italy | Subtitles
International Panorama: Italy

A Homeric fairy tale that tells the adventurous journey of two young boys, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe.

Venice Golden Lion - Winner

In Detail

In this acclaimed film which won top directing and acting prizes at the Venice Film Festival, writer-director Matteo Garrone presents a "reverse shot" of the immigration experience while unfurling an epic, cinematographically magnificent odyssey from West Africa to Italy.

The story is told through the mind’s eye and experiences of two Senegalese teenagers living in Dakar who yearn for a brighter future in Europe. Yet between their dreams and reality lies a treacherous journey through a labyrinth of checkpoints, the scorched Saharan desert, a fetid North African prison and the vast waters of the Mediterranean where thousands have died packed inside vessels barely fit for passage.

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