The movie

Io Capitano

A Homeric fairy tale that tells the adventurous journey of two young boys, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe.
Official submission of Italy for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 96th Academy Awards in 2024.

Length: 122 min
Country: Belgium, France, Italy
Language spoken: Wolof, Arabic
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: Seydou Sarr, Khady Sy, Moustapha Fall, Issaka Sawagodo, Hichem Yacoubi, Doodou Sagna, Bamar Kane, Cheick Oumar Diaw
Director: Matteo Garrone
Release date: 2023

Description

A Homeric fairy tale that tells the adventurous journey of two young boys, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe.

Seydou and Moussa from Senegal have saved some money to make their dream true - go to Europe and hopefully become famous. We see a bit of their life in Dakar, and then their journey to Sicily, through the desert partly on foot, abandoned by traffickers who had promised to bring them to Libya, and then they cross the Mediterranean Sea with a rotting ship without any sailor who'd know how to steer it. The film makes you live the experience; this was what I came to see, and this is what I got. It is based on the experiences of at least one of the main actors (don't know for sure about others). The film has grim and sad moments, some suspense, some despicable behaviour, greedy and ruthless, but also some poetic dream sequences, heartwarming humanity, and even some inspiring optimism. It is a very tough and dangerous undertaking and nobody should be forced to put themselves through it. The acting was great and we get some impressive scenery and photography as well even though the protagonists are not there to enjoy it.