Gomorrah: Italian Director Matteo Garrone

MATTEO GARRONE is the director of the acclaimed crime drama, “Gomorrah,” Italy’s entry for the 2008 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

Garrone was born in Rome in 1968. He graduated from art school in 1986 and worked as an assistant cameraman and then spent several years dedicated to painting.

In 1996 he won the Sacher Award for his short film SILHOUETTE. In 1997 he directed his first feature film, TERRA DI MEZZO, produced by his own company, Archimede, and distributed by Tandem. SILHOUETTE won the Special Jury Award and the Cipputi Award at the Turin Film Festival.

In 1998 he filmed the documentary ORESTE PIPOLO, FOTOGRAFO DI MATRIMONI in Naples and that same year he made his second feature film, GUESTS, which won the Kodak Award at the Venice Film Festival, a Special Mention at the Angers Film Festival, the Best Film Award at the Valencia Film Festival and the Kodak Award at the Messina Film Festival.

His third feature ROMAN SUMMER (2000) was presented at the Venice Film Festival.

Garrone achieved critical acclaim for THE EMBALMER (2002), presented during the 55th Cannes Festival at the Director’s Fortnight. The film won the David di Donatello for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, the Nastro d’argento and Ciak d’Oro for Best Film Editing, the Fellini Award for Best Producer, Screenplay, Photography, Art Direction, and Film Distribution. It also won the Special Jury Award at the Pasolini Film Awards.

In 2005, Matteo Garrone participated in the 54th Berlin Film Festival with his film FIRST LOVE and won the Silver Bear for the Best Soundtrack. The film also won the Nastro d”argento and David di Donatello awards for Best Soundtrack.