Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Martin Scorsese to Present "Gomorrah" in the U.S.

When IFC Films releases the Italian crime drama “Gomorrah” in the United States on Feb. 13, it will come with a new endorsement in the credits: “Martin Scorsese Presents,” the distributor has announced. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone, takes an inside look at the Camorra, a crime organization in the Naples area, and is based on the book of the same title by Roberto Saviano, an Italian journalist. “Gomorrah” won the grand prix at Cannes last year and went on to become Italy’s highest grossing film of last year. It is also the official Italian entry for the Academy Awards. “I admire the bluntness of this picture, and the devotion of Garrone and his actors in their pursuit of a terrible truth,” Mr. Scorsese said in a statement. “ ‘Gomorrah’ is despairing, but it’s also enlightening and, because of its frankness, strangely heartening.”

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