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Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone is an Italian film maker. Born in Rome, the son of a theatre critic, Nico Garrone and a photographer, in 1996 Garrone won the Sacher d'Oro, an award sponsored by Nanni Moretti, with the short film Silhouette, that became one of the three episodes that are on his first long film Terra di Mezzo in 1997. He won Best Director at the European Film Awards and at the David di Donatello Awards for "Gomorrah". His latest film Reality competed in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and won the Grand Prix. When Matteo Garrones' Gomorrah won the 2008 Cannes Grand Prix, the victory of his account of the ruthless Italian criminal organization known as camorra surprised the public and critics. The cinema of Garrone attracted considerable critical consideration because of its bleak, authentic portrayal of contemporary Italian society. The American popularity of Gomorrah that followed the European acclaim, shed light on this young Italian filmmaker, winner, among other awards, of the Best Screenplay at the Chicago International Film Festival and a 2009 nominee for the Golden Globes Best Foreign Film.

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