Io Capitano

Seydou, a teenage boy who, together with his cousin Moussa, decides to leave Dakar in Senegal and make his way to Europe. A contemporary Odyssey through the dangers of the desert, the horrors of the detention centers in Libya and the perils of the sea.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 122 minutes
  • Genre: Adventure, Drama
  • Stars: Bamar Kane, Ibrahima Gueye, Hichem Yacoubi, Issaka Sawadogo, Affif Ben Badra, Cheikh Ndiaye, Princess Erika, Mariam Kaba, Joe Lassana, Abdellah Elbkiri, Emilie Adams, Mamadou Sani, Beatrice Gnonko, Observateur Ebène, Mohamed Amine Kihel, Taha Benaim, Babacar Diop, Bidar Abdelahad, Aly Niang, Flaure B.B. Kabore
  • Director: Matteo Garrone
  • zkzuber - 6 June 2024
    Khan Review- Not impressive
    People risking their life migrating ti west illegally due to political reason is justified because west is responsible too in getting involved in their country destroying the stability of their country. But migrating for better life even though there is no reason to leave like the two characters of this movie and accusing of west not treating them good is unjustified before questioning the west they need to ask their own corrupt politicians responsible for their misery. Who in their right mind will travel in the final stage pf pregnancy. This movie wrongly justifies illegal migration. The beginning was good but soon the movie looses it grip and becomes predictable and uninteresting.
  • CinemaSerf - 6 April 2024
    Io Capitano
    At times this is a really quite harrowing film to watch as we follow two cousins "Seydou" (Seydou Sarr) and "Moussa" (Moustapha Fall) on one hell of a journey. They are still going to school in Dakar, but have secretly dreamed of heading to Europe. The work hard in their spare time, and try to keep their mother's in the dark until the time comes to start their journey. Getting from their homeland is comparatively easy - they get a bus, but once they begin their travels in earnest, that's when they (and we) encounter the appalling people traffickers who try to get them across the Sahara to Libya where even worse awaits them. The venality of the human spirit is writ hugely here as people are beaten, tortured, imprisoned and sold and with the boys briefly separated, we now focus on the tribulations of the determined and strong-willed "Seydou" who must get his friend to an hospital - even if that means driving a boat full of fellow migrants himself across the Mediterranean to Sicily! The two boys are super here, there's a chemistry between them that shows well their stoicism, perseverance and loyalty to each other - in the face of some fairly eye-watering ghastliness. It's not without it's humour and the effectiveness of their facial expressions isn't wasted on the camera on these occasions. These two are engaging and I felt as invested in their success as I felt disgusted by man's gross inhumanity to those so apparently vulnerable that they barely had the clothes they (sort of) stood up in. If you saw "Flee" (2021) then you'll have an idea what you are in for, only this time we have some stunning real photography of this planet when it's at is most arid, hostile and unforgiving. I can't think this will ever get too general a cinema release, but if you do get a chance then it's well worth catching.
  • siemvanderpol - 26 February 2024
    Masterpiece of untold stories
    Beautifully painful introduction into the world of refugees and their refuge. The contrast between theirs and my western reality is immense and eye opening. Very happy that this story gets told. Hopefully people will be more aware of it, they should.

    For me personally the unjust treatment of humans hit me quit hard. In a way that I'm happy to be confronted with it. The way the actors played takes you in at such a basic teenage way of thinking that is understood through out all cultures.

    One of those films I would recommend to anyone I know regardless their taste in films, just because they should know.