AC Milan football player Marco Borriello has accused Italian writer Roberto Saviano of making money out of giving Naples a bad name. Saviano wrote the book “Gomorrah”, since becoming a world famous film, and is a particularly controversial figure in Italian intellectual and political circles at the moment.
Borriello himself grew up in Naples and knows what it means to pay the price of the Camorra: his father was killed by the organised crime group when Borriello was just 11 years old. In an interview with GQ magazine, Borriello said:
“Roberto Saviano has made money off my city. There was no need to write a book to know what the Camorra is. He has only said bad things and has forgotten the rest.”
Within 24 hours of that interview being published, though, Borriello had changed his tune slightly, explaining that as a local Napoletan, he was tired of hearing his city constantly criticised:
I have yet to read Roberto Saviano’s Gomorrah, the best-selling Italian book which has become a famous film. The book examines the depth of the mafia control of Italy: Italian life, Italian families, and business in this country, in a vice-like grip that will perhaps never be shaken off.
Saviano is not about mythologising the mafia, a popular passtime, it seems, in Italo-America and other cultures who understand nothing of the seriousness of how a society can suffer under an organised crime regime such as this. In this interview, Saviano talks of what he hopes his obituary might say, getting inside the head and hearts of his readers and the stink of mafia money as the bosses attempt to make heros of themselves.
Roberto Saviano has been nominated for the European parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Saviano was nominated by Sonia Alfano, chair of Italy’s association of mafia victims. I wonder if the freedom of thought prize will help assuage the life of imprisonment, in hiding from the mafia, that Saviano now leads.
Source | Abbondanza
Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah film, on the Naples mafia (called the Camorra in Italy), has triumphed at the European Film Awards, overtaking previous expectations on its success. Gomorrah was awarded best film, best direction, best actor, best photography and best production.
This would seem to bode well for an Oscar for Gomorrah, the Italian film based on the book by Roberto Saviano. At the European Film awards, it managed to beat Il Divo, Waltz With Bashir, Happy Go-Lucky, El Orfanato and La Classe.
Gomorrah as Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards would be a significant prize, but it is a dream to go beyond that and maybe even procure a nomination for Toni Servillo as best actor, and Garrone as best director. Marco Onorato could even come in for a nomination for Best Photography. So far the impression is that Gomorrah is an internationally recognised film, and that there is a renaissance in Italian cinema.
Italian cinema could experience a rebirth with the film “Gomorrah”, currently on its way to America. The Italian film in the US will have advanced screenings, with Gomorrah showing in some cinemas in December.
The film’s Italian director Matteo Garrone, has stated that this is a move that will include the film in the next Academy Awards, as official release is set for February. With Gomorrah in the running for the best foreign film, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone (writer for Scarface) were present at a pre-screening. Garrone has said: ” Who knows what Stone would have thought of the explicit references to that film that Marco and Ciro have done in Gomorra.”
Source | Cinematografo
The world has been waiting for this film, and now the release of Gomorrah in the US is set for the New York Film Festival, commencing October 3. This looks to be a very sophisticated, modern example of Italian cinema from Matteo Garrone, based on the now famous book from Roberto Saviano on the Naples mafia, called the Camorra.
This is definitely not dolce vita or the fluffy side of Italian tourism - this is truly the dark heart of Naples. And while we don’t want this to a negative image of the country, and the city of Naples, this is very very contemporary Italy.
The film appears in original Italian with subtitles, and could be on the road to an Oscar. After the jump you will find the American trailer of Gomorrah first, and after the Italian version. While the Americans look to play more on the violence, it’s a very slick version. The Italian trailer is slightly different - let us know which you prefer.