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Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York?

Original Title Godzilla
Italian Title Godzilla
Category Official Competition
Section Premiere
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 139'
Production Year 1998
Nationality Japan, USA
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Screenplay Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Music David Arnold, Michael Lloyd
Main cast Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo

 regista Roland EmmerichROLAND EMMERICH

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original Guerre stellari (1977). Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. In his youth, he pursued painting and sculpting. While enrolled in the director's program at film school in Munich, his student film 1997: il principio dell'arca di Noè (1984) went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The feature became a huge success and was sold to more than 20 countries. In an amazing trivia, he directed his first feature, 1997: il principio dell'arca di Noè (1984), in 1984. He is openly gay and a campaigner for the LGBT community.
A director/writer/producer with a flair for special effects-driven action, German Roland Emmerich made himself at home in blockbuster-hungry 1990s Hollywood. Born and educated in West Germany, Emmerich studied production design as well as direction at the Munich Film and Television School. After his student film, The Noah's Ark Principle, debuted at the 1984 Berlin Film Festival, Emmerich formed his production company Centropolis and directed supernatural fantasies Making Contact (1986) and Ghost Chase (1987), and the straight-to-video action film Moon 44 (1990). On the latter, he met actor Dean Devlin who subsequently switched jobs to become Emmerich's writing and producing partner once Emmerich set up shop in Hollywood.