- 115 min
- Directed by: Matteo Garrone
- Written by: Matteo Garrone
- Cast: Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone
- UK release: 22 March 2013
Luciano (Arena) is a likeable Neapolitan fish-seller determined to make it onto the Italian version of Big Brother. More stylised than Garrone’s earlier Gomorrah, it’s a powerful metaphor for Berlusconi-era Italy, and Arena, a convicted former Mafia hitman who discovered acting in prison, is compelling.
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Matteo Garrone, director of satirical drama Reality - interview19 Mar 2013
The filmmaker behind astounding Mafia portrait Gomorrah turns his eye to reality TV
It was thanks to his theatre critic father that Italian film director Matteo Garrone first came across the work of the Fortezza theatre company, based at a maximum-security prison in Tuscany. ‘I used to go with my dad to see lots of plays,’ recalls the…
Reality9 Oct 2012
Magic realist drama from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone
Meet Luciano (Aniello Arena), a Neapolitan fish-seller and minor scam artist. Encouraged by his wife Maria (Loredana Simioli), three children and extended family, he enters the local try-outs for the popular reality TV series Grande Fratelli (Big…
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