Controversial Films Shine at Cannes

From gangland warfare to arms- and drug-trafficking, and even the mishandling of toxic waste for profit, the film paints a terrifying portrait of a crime syndicate that will stop at nothing, not even national borders. Erfan Rachid, an Iraqi journalist in Cannes admits the world he saw described in "Gomorrah." "It's a reality I know very well, it's Iraq.''

It wouldn't be the first time that the Camorra has threatened to get rid of those who speak too much. Journalist Giancarlo Siani was only 26 years old when he was killed by mobsters because he had written about their illegal business.

The security officials at the Cannes Film Festival take the threats against Saviano's life seriously.

At the "Gomorrah" press conference no one was allowed to stand up, not even the photographers who were obliged to sit down behind. Outside the room huge bodyguards screened any moving object or person approaching the doors.

And the red carpet saw the whole movie crew being applauded but Saviano was not allowed to attend. He entered the Theatre Grand Lumiere, where the film is officially screened, from a secondary entrance.

Nevertheless, even though Saviano has not himself enjoyed the limelight, his film has come to the attention of many, and the Camorra's activities are no longer so secret as before.

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