Matteo Garrone is an English film director who works predominately in Italian film industry. Born to Nico Garrone on 15th October 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy Matteo is known for the silhouette, Gomorrah, reality, etc. Son of theatre critic and writer Nico Garrone and actress Donatella Rimoldi Matteo’s debut film was silhouette which is a short film both directed and produced by Matteo himself. Silhouette was an award-winning short drama film that released in 1996. In the same year, he produced his first feature film too titled terra di mezzo. The movie won two awards again and was based on the immigration in Italy in the 1990’s. Both the pictures added to and showed the skills of Matteo as a producer and director giving him a great start in his career. N 1997 Matteo directed two short pictures titled Bienvenido Espirito Santo and UN caso di Forza Maggiore.
In 1998 again Matteo directed a short film Oreste pipolo, fotografo di matrimony which was his last mini picture. His second feature film also hit the cinemas in 1998 named ospiti (guests). Produced by him it is a comedy picture that had been first shown in the cinemas on 12th of September. As the 20’s started, he began working only on feature films and had regular releases. Roman summer came up in 2000 which revolves around an ex-actress who goes to meet his friends in Rome. Several other pictures that he has produced include dogman, reality, thugs with no legend, a tale of tales, blue kids, and mid-august brunch. The directed ones include the above in addition to before design: classic, delightful, the embalmer, first love, Gomorrah and welcome Holy Spirit. Besides directing and producing films, Matteo has also worked in the industry as a writer, in the camera department, as a cinematographer, production designer, costume designer, in the art department and as an actor as well.
He has acted only in one picture till date that is the caiman which hit the cinemas in 2006. It is about a man struggling with his marriage, children, debts and the caiman scripture. The movies he has worked in such ways include first love, suffocating heat, IL vigile urbano and most of the above-mentioned movies. Among these IL vigile urbano is a TV series of 1989. Matteo has won 33 awards for his works and has also been a part of 45 other nominations. The awards he has received include best feature film award at angers European first film festival, Busto arsizio film festival, twice at Cannes film festival, cinema Jove- Valencia international film festival, David di Donatello awards, at FICE and golden globes, Italy. He has also received prizes for best director and best screenplay.