Belgium, Italy


IO CAPITANO (ME CAPTAIN) tells the adventurous journey of two young men, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe. A contemporary Odyssey through the pitfalls of the desert, the horrors of detention centres in Libya and the dangers of the sea.

Director's Statement

IO CAPITANO recounts the epic journey of two young men from Senegal who make their way across Africa—and through myriad dangers—in pursuit of a dream called Europe.
We began work on the film by listening to the actual accounts of people who survived this contemporary odyssey, and we decided to orient the camera from their perspective: a sort of reverse shot compared to the images we’re used to seeing from our western perspective in an attempt to finally give voice to those who don’t usually have one.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Matteo Garrone

Written by: Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso, Massimo Ceccherini, Andrea Tagliaferri

Produced by: Matteo Garrone, Paolo Del Brocco, Ardavan Safaee, Joseph Rouschop

Cinematography: Paolo Carnera

Editing: Marco Spoletini

Production Design: Dimitri Capuani

Costume Design: Stefano Ciammitti

Make-Up & Hair: Dalia Colli

Original Score: Andrea Farri

Sound: Mirko Perri, Maricetta Lombardo, Daniela Bassani

Visual Effects: Laurent Creusot

Casting: Francesco Vedovati, Constance Demontoy, Amine Louadni, Imane Djonne

Cast: Seydou Sarr (Seydou), Moustapha Fall (Moussa)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2023
  • European Film 2023
  • Feature Film Selection 2023