We witnessed a bridge with Italian cinemaʼs past with the pair of comp offerings in Cannes last year. Along with Happy as Lazarro, there are definite strands to Italian Neorealism found in Matteo Garroneʼs Dogman. A four person mounted screenplay, the central character here both figuratively and symbolically, addresses the monkey on the back. The puppy eyed protagonist is played by Marcello Fonte (who once had an uncredited part in Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, who directed his feature debut Asino vola and ended up showcasing it in Locarno back in 2015 , and has a string of important film roles with Corpo Celeste, Dogman (for which he won Bet Actor in Cannes) and has reteamed with Garrone for Pinocchio. I met with actor Marcello Fonte at TIFF and discussed his working relationship with the filmmaker, his character in a laid back and jovial manner as you can see here. Magnolia Pictures release the film today.