Matteo Garrone Director and Screenwriter
Matteo Garrone was born in Rome in 1968.
He graduated from the Art Lyceum in 1986 and worked as an assistant cameraman before focusing on
painting. He won the Sacher Festival with the short film Silhouette in 1996. The following year he
directed his first feature film Terra di Mezzo produced by his company Archimede, distributed by
Tandem. It won the Turin International Festival of Young Cinema Jury Special Award and the Cipputi
Award. He directed the documentary Oreste Pipolo - Wedding Photographer in Naples in 1998 and in
the same year directed his second feature film Guests, which won the Kodak Award at the Venice Film
Festival. Guests also won the Angers European First Film Festival European Jury Special Mention, the
Valencia International Golden Moon of Valencia Best Film Award and the Kodak Award at the Messina
Film Festival. He directed his third feature Roman Summer in 2000 and it was presented in the official
selection at the Venice Film Festival. In 2002 he directed The Embalmer which won public and critical
acclaim. It was presented in the Quinzane des Realisateurs at the 55th Cannes Film Festival and won
David di Donatello Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, the Silver Ribbon for Best
Editing, the Golden Clapperboard for Best Editing, the Fellini Award for Best Producer, Best Production
Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Distribution. It also won the Pasolini Award Jury Special Prize.
In 2004 his film First Love premiered in Competition at the 54th Berlin Film Festival and won the Silver
Bear for Best Film Music as well as the Silver Ribbon at the David di Donatello Awards in the same
category. Garrone directed Gomorra in 2008. The film won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes
Film Festival, as well as Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematographer, and Best
Screenplay at the European Film Awards that year. It was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2009
Golden Globe Awards; won the Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay at the Chicago International Film
Festival in 2008, and was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA and Cesar Awards in 2009.
Garrone also produced Mid-August Lunch by Gianni Di Gregorio, which won the Best First Film Award
at the Venice International Film Festival as well as many other international awards.
Filmography Matteo Garrone
Reality - (Official Selection - Competition at Cannes Festival 2012) 2012
Oreste Pipolo, fotografo di matrimoni (documentary)
Il caso di forza maggiore (short)
1997 Bienvenido espirito santo
Terra di mezzo