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An Italian suburb somewhere between metropolis and wild nature: Puny and sympathetic ''Dogman'' Marcello is much loved in his town as both the dog carer & dog groomer and the local drug dealer. His life takes a turn for the worse because of his proximity to vicious coke-head, ex-boxer Simone. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.


DOGMAN is a film that is freely inspired by a crime story that happened thirty years ago, but that does not in any way reconstruct the facts as they are said to have happened.

I originally started working on the script twelve years ago: over the course of time I picked it up so many times, trying to adapt it to my own changes.

As has often happened in my films, even at the origin of DOGMAN there is a visual suggestion, an image, a reversal of perspective: that of some dogs, closed in cages, who witness as witnesses to the explosion of human bestiality... an image that dates back to over ten years ago, when for the first time I thought about shooting this film. But was it really ''this'' movie? Difficult to say, because over time DOGMAN has changed along with me, becoming a film always new, always different.

Some of the original ideas have come this far, but I don't think they've exhausted the deepest sense of the story that I wanted to tell: DOGMAN, for example, is not just a revenge film, even if revenge (but it would be better to call it redemption) plays an important role, just as it is not just a variation on the (eternal) theme of the struggle between the weak and the strong. It is instead a film that, though through an ''extreme'' story, makes us face something that concerns us all: the consequences of the choices we make daily to survive, those yes's we say that lead us to no longer being able to say no, the difference between who we are and who we think we are.

In this deep questioning, in approaching the loss of the innocence of a man, I think it is a universal film, ''ethical'' and not moralistic: for this reason, I really want to emphasize the distance from the news headlines that only freely inspired. Everything, beginning with the locations, the characters, their psychologies, has been transfigured.

One last note, to underline the importance of the meeting with the leading actor of the film, Marcello Fonte. His humanity, sweetness and his ancient face that seems to come from an Italy that is disappearing, have contributed decisively to clarify within me how to deal with such dark subject matter, which for years had both attracted and rejected me, and the character that I wanted to share: a man who, in an attempt to redeem himself after a life of humiliation, deludes himself of having liberated not only himself, but also his own neighborhood and perhaps even the world. Which instead remains always the same, and almost indifferent.

Matteo Garrone

Dogman Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Matteo Garrone

Writing Credits

Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso and Ugo Chiti (Screenplay & Story)

Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo, Giulio Troli and Marco Perfetti (Collaborating writer)


Marcello Fonte

Edoardo Pesce

Nunzia Schiano

Adamo Dionisi

Francesco Acquaroli

Gianluca Gobbi

Aniello Arena

Alida Baldari Calabria

Laura Pizzirani

Miriam Platano

Music by

Michele Braga

Cinematography by

Nicolai Brüel

Category: EFA, European Film Award Winner

Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Countries: Italy, France

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