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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #47. Matteo Garrone’s Io Capitano

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #47. Matteo Garrone’s Io Capitano

Io Capitano

After 2018’s Dogman and then 2019’s Pinocchio, Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone stirs his ship towards coming-of-age adventure drama territory. Filmed in Italy, Morocco and Senegal in March of ’22, Io Capitano features Seydou Sarr and Moustapha Fall. Perhaps Garrone, like Guillermo del Toro and David Lowery, is unafraid to move into adventure fantasy matter.

Gist: Written by Massimo Ceccherini, Massimo Gaudioso and Garrone, this tells the story of two young men, who leave Dakar for Europe.

Release Date/Prediction: We are thinking a Cannes premiere is the works – but this doesn’t across like a heavyweight contender. Perhaps an Out of Comp slot?

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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