Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 7:00pm - Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB




Tickets: $5.00 each


Director, Matteo GarroneMatteo Garrone

After graduating from art school, Matteo Garrone dedicated several years to the pursuit of an artistic career as a painter. When he turned to directing, his first short film won a prestigious award and his film career took off.  Between 2002 and 2012 he directed four films and consolidated his relevance on the international film scene, with stories about survival and alienation. His characters seem to be part of an existentially troubled generation, torn between social obligations and personal obsessions.

The Embalmer was presented at Cannes in 2002 and received wide accolades.  The story of a relation between a taxidermist with ties to organized crime and his handsome assistant is based on a true event.  Garrone follows with Primo Amore (First Love), a literary adaptation in 2004. The dark story of an obsessive relation consolidated his artistic reputation.  Gomorrah was his third international success, this time adapted from a well know and controversial book by Roberto Saviano. In  Gomorrah, Garrone weaves four stories which highlight the role of a crime syndicate in the Italian social and political landscape.

The Embalmer

Thursday, May 9th, 7pm
In The Embalmer, Garrone reveals a profound understanding of how people struggle to relate to each other on an emotional level, but also of the thin line that separates love from obsession. 
The Embalmer poster


Primo Amore

Thursday, May 16th, 7pm
In Primo Amore, the film released two years after The Embalmer, the filmmaker Matteo Garrone continues to explore obsessive passions and fatal attractions. 
Primo Amore poster



Thursday, May 23rd, 7pm
Gomorrah is Garrone's 2008 film, which deals with the Casalesi clan, a crime syndicate within the Camorra — a traditional criminal organization in the southern Italian region of Campania.
Gomorra poster
Matteo Garrone: The Dark Side of Italian Cinema was organized by UCSB Professor Anna Brusutti and co-sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Film and Media Studies department.
Film and Media Studies