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Running time – 122 minutes

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In Wolof and French with English subtitles.

Directed by two-time BAFTA-nominee Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Tale of Tales), IO CAPITANO has been nominated for Best International Feature at the Academy Awards and won Best Director and Best Young Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival. Io Capitano tells the story of the adventurous journey of two young Senegalese teenage cousins – Seydou and Moussa, who leave their hometown Dakar for Italy to escape poverty. Picture of people sitting on a bus. The focus is on two individuals, to the left a black male wearing a dark blue beanie hat with a blue hoodie. To the right a black male, short dark hair wearing a dark green zipper.

Their journey begins through Mali equipped with false passports but the forgery is discovered by policemen. Avoiding prison in exchange for a bribe they continue the next leg of their journey in Niger, paying to join a group to cross the desert on foot until they enter Libya.

Golden sand dunes show various individuals crossing.

After entering Libya, rebels intercepted the group and shake them down for any valuables. The rebels discover that Moussa has been hiding his money and they take him to jail. Seydou continues with the others miserable. The trip turns out to be a ruse as the group finds itself locked in a mafia-run prison with hundreds of people from all over Africa.

Several individuals sat on the floor leaning against a wall.

The inmates are extorted for contact information of relatives to enable them to be contacted for ransom money. Rather than allowing his family to know he has been captured, Seydou is subjected to torture. What will happen to Seydou and what will be Moussa’s fate? Io Capitano is an epic story, that offers a deeply human perspective on the migrant crisis.

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Listen to Io Capitano (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on Spotify

‘chilling indictment of the refugee exploitation economy’ – ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Extraordinarily rich drama… Seydou and Moussa are impossible not to root for’ –  ★★★★ Daily Telegraph

‘Stunning’ – ★★★★ The Times

‘A must-see’ – The Observer

‘Puts a human face on the global refugee crisis’ – The Washington Post

‘Stunning…One of the most impressive and transfixing acting debuts in recent memory – Indiewire

Director – Matteo Garrone

Cast – Seydou Sarr, Moustapha Fall

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    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.