THE ITALIAN CONNECTION
Journey into the murky suburbs of Rome this week in Matteo Garrone’s chamber crime drama ‘Dogman’, showing exclusively in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema. Following his exuberant English language fantasy 'Tale of Tales' (also available on demand), this funny and engrossing tale of a dog groomer and his encounters with a small-time crook takes Garrone back to the gritty terrain of his hugely acclaimed mob drama ‘Gomorrah’.
And once you've sunk your teeth into ‘Dogman’, venture further into Italy's dark soul with the stunning ‘Black Souls’, about a feuding mafia family in Calabria, before returning to the Rome suburbs and a clash between politics and crime in the bleak and brutal ‘Suburra’ (from the director of ‘Sicario 2: Soldado’). The clash between politics, morality and the underworld also dominates two classics of Italian cinema. There's Paolo Sorrentino's brilliantly macabre ‘Il Divo’, with Toni Sevillo offering up an outrageous caricature of the corrupt former Premier Giulio Andreotti. And then there's Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece ‘The Conformist’, an unsettling political parable set during Mussolini's reign, whose influence over cinema, from 'The Godfather' to the upcoming 'Sunset', has been great.