Oscar 2008: Gomorra, Crime Chronicle, Is Italy's Entry for Foreign-Language Oscar.

Sep 24, 2008–Matteo Carrone's “Gomorra,” the acclaimed Neapolitan crime drama, is Italy's entry for the foreign-language film Oscar.
The critical chronicle of the city's notorious Camorra crime syndicate impressed critics and the public, and has now been unanimously backed by a 15-strong panel of the Italian motion picture association Anica to represent the country.

Based on a best-selling non-fiction book of the same name by journalist Roberto Saviano, “Gomorra” grabbed the jury prize at Cannes earlier this year, and must now be considered a strong contender for the Oscar.

It was selected by the Anica ahead of four other films: “Cover Boy” by Carmine Amoroso, “Il Divo” by Paolo Sorrentino, “Giorni e Nuvole” (Days and Clouds) by Silvio Soldini and “Tutta la Vita Davanti” (All of the Life Ahead) by Paolo Virzi.

“Gomorra,” which was produced by Domenico Procacci for Fandango in collaboration with RAI Cinema, grabbed the Oscar entry following plaudits for its gritty, neorealist style that relied on the use of non-professional actors plucked from the Camorra's stamping ground.

The film benefited from the context of its release, in a year when the crime group's notoriety rose to new heights. It made headlines with its involvement in the Naples garbage crisis, mini-pogroms against gypsy squatter camps and lately a slew of killings, including last week's massacre of Africans that was described by one senior police officer as “ethnic cleansing.”