2018 Oscar® Selection, Italy
Set in a picturesquely dilapidated seaside town outside of Naples, Matteo Garrone's (GOMORRAH, TALE OF TALES) latest is a Neapolitan noir with the DNA of a revenge Western and a darkly humorous bite. The eponymous "Dogman" is Marcello (Marcello Fonte, who won the Best Actor award at Cannes for the role), a gentle dog groomer who deals cocaine on the side in order to make ends meet and raise his young daughter. Bullied by one of his regular customers (Edoardo Pesce), a puffed-up petty criminal who terrorizes the tight-knit community, Marcello becomes implicated in a criminal plan and pushed to the limits of his sanity. Winner, Best Actor (Marcello Fonte), 2018 Cannes Film Festival; Official Selection, 2018 Telluride, Toronto and Chicago film festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Matteo Garrone; SCR Ugo Chiti, Massimo Gaudioso; PROD Paolo Del Brocco, Jean Labadie, Alessio Lazzareschi, Jeremy Thomas. Italy/France, 2018, color, 103 min. In Italian with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.