Joaquin Phoenix and Sean Penn Love ‘Io Capitano’ but Its Cast Had No Idea Who They Were

Joaquin Phoenix and Sean Penn Love ‘Io Capitano’ but Its Cast Had No Idea Who They Were

Matteo Garrone cast first-time actors Seydour Sarr and Moustapha Fall straight from Senegal to tell this migrant story, now nominated for the Best International Feature Oscar. He tells IndieWire how refreshing it is to campaign with actors who are not jaded about Hollywood.

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Real-life ‘Io Capitano’ Skipper Fofana Amara Talks Oscar Hopes & Pleasure That His Story Is Being Told

Real-life ‘Io Capitano’ Skipper Fofana Amara Talks Oscar Hopes & Pleasure That His Story Is Being Told

As Italian director Garrone steps on to the Academy Awards red carpet on March 10 with Best International Feature Film nominee Io Capitano, the real-life skipper who part inspired the drama will be watching and rooting for the film from afar.

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Migrant’s 3 brutal years trying to reach Italy inspired the Oscar-nominated film ‘Io Capitano’

Migrant’s 3 brutal years trying to reach Italy inspired the Oscar-nominated film ‘Io Capitano’

CASTEL VOLTURNO, Italy — Mamadou Kouassi’s searing, epic journey over African deserts, through illegal prisons and across the Mediterranean Sea in a smugglers’ boat informed Italian director Matteo Garrone’s Oscar-nominated film “Io Capitano.” Some episodes that the Ivorian migrant witnessed on his three-year odyssey were too strong to make the final cut.

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