Io Capitano

Palace Electric Canberra
From 28 March 2024
Drama, 122 Minutes, rated MA 15+
Arabic, French and Wolof with English subtitles

Io Capitano is the story of two teenagers, Seydou and Moussa, who decide to leave Dakar, Senegal and make their way to Europe. They do this secretly, although they are repeatedly warned about the arduous journey.

The dream of becoming rich and famous as musicians in Europe is too enticing. But their journey is not as easy as they imagined and they are quickly confronted with horror: the obstacles of the Sahara, the horrors of detention centres in Libya and the perils of the open sea.

The film has been shortlisted for Best International Feature at the 2024 Academy Awards, Golden Globe Nominee, Winner of Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, and numerous other awards.

Director Matteo Garrone offers a perspective far removed from the images we are used to seeing in the Western media. At its heart is a performance from newcomer Seydou Sarr. The film also stars Moustapha Fall with Bamar Kane and Didier Njikam