Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone certainly has made his mark in the industry with his stylistic vision. He has a number of awards under his belt which include Best Director at the European Film Awards and at the David di Donatello Awards for Gomorrah (2008) and the Grand Prix at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for Reality.

His latest, Dogman has already created a buzz garnering itself awards for Best Actor and the Palme Dog for best Canine Cast at this years Cannes.

Dogman tells the story of Marcello, a small and gentle dog groomer, finds himself involved in a dangerous relationship of subjugation with Simone, a former violent boxer who terrorizes the entire neighbourhood. In an effort to reaffirm his dignity, Marcello will submit to an unexpected act of vengeance.

We sat down with the Dogman director for a chat about his passion project, discussing why after 12 years he was so invested in the project. How he came to meet his leading Man Marcello Fonte and most importantly to find out if any Dogs were actually harmed making the film and much more.

Watch the full interview below.

Dogman opens on October 19.