"We are very confident that the film will touch the hearts of Americans." It is a proud Matteo Garrone who presents himself on the stage of the Citrigno cinema in Cosenza. The screening of his film "Io capitano" has just ended as part of the "Primavera del Cinema Italiano" underway in the city of Bruzia, and when he presents himself to the spectators he has recently learned that his film is nominated for an Oscar. "This Cosenza film festival has obviously brought good luck," he jokes. Then he goes back to talking about his latest work expressing a wish: "I would like to know people's reactions. How the film dialogues with the audience".
"Behind this film - he explains to the sold out audience of the 'Citrigno' - there is an attempt to tell that beyond those numbers there are people. The idea was to make a counter-camp, that is, to put the camera on the other side, from Africa to Europe. A film made together with them, together with those who make this journey, the protagonists are real people who really suffered torture. Restoring authenticity, that was the goal." A counter-camp to "give visual form to a whole part of the journey that is not usually known" he says, also referring to the latest landings in Lampedusa. The screenplay is written together with those who lived, including torture, that journey, almost all girls and boys with the aim of restoring reality, the authenticity of the same, with dialogues in the original language. The protagonists, Seydou and Moussa, are two young Senegalese who leave their country to reach Europe and so face the desert, the detention centers in Libya and the sea crossing.
"I told stories - says Garrone - that are documented and behind every frame there are people. It is a representation, an interpretation because there is my gaze, but it is certainly an honest and authentic work, respecting those who made this journey and those who did not make it, and so that it can be of help and warning to those who, perhaps, are about to make this decision".
"Every work survives its author and remains, this is fundamental. It is an epic tale and it is important to see this film in the cinema for the emotional impact that the big screen transmits to the viewer" concludes the director.
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