American pop culture is filled with stories of organized crime. From “The Godfather” to “The Sopranos,” many acclaimed films and TV shows have portrayed the inherent drama in mafia subculture. Now, American audiences have another compelling mob story to hold their interest, and this time it’s actually from Italy. The Italian crime drama “Gomorrah” follows Neapolitan organized crime and the complex interpersonal relationships between gangsters and ordinary citizens trying to live their lives. The series’ protagonist is Ciro (Marco D’Amore), or “The Immortal,” the right-hand man to feared crime boss Don Pietro Savastano (Fortunato Cerlino), who instigates a violent turf war between two rival factions. Watch an exclusive clip from the series below featuring Don Peitro accusing a subordinate of ratting him out to the cops.
The series is based on Roberto Saviano’s 2006 investigative non-fiction book by the same name. It follows Saviano’s infiltration of various areas of business and daily life controlled or affected by the Camorra, a powerful Neapolitan criminal organization. Since the publication of the book, he has resided under police protection due to the numerous threats made against his life. The book was adapted into a 2008 film directed by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Though “Gomorrah” debuted on Italian television in 2014, it premieres tonight on SundanceTV at 10pm Eastern.