In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is in a hurry to grow up. At 14 he already drinks, smokes and tries to follow his older brother Cosimo everywhere, through him he learns how to navigate the streets of their hometown. One night, Pio sets out to prove to his brother that he is as good or better than him but, when things go wrong, a series of events will forever change the way he sees the world.
- Label Europa Cinema Award - Cannes Directors' Fortnight
- Italian submission for the Academy Awards
- Georges Delerue Award for Best Music - Film Fest Gent
- Best Actor (Pio Amato) - Seville EFF
- Jury Special Mention - CineMed Brussels
- Jonas Carpignano
- Tim Curtin
- Affonso Gonçalves
- STAYBLACK PRODUCTIONS
- RT FEATURES
- SIKELLA PRODUCTIONS
- RAI CINEMA
The use of amateur actors makes the film fascinating and very credible.
A raw and distinctive coming-of-age portrait.
Amato’s family members give terse, authentic performances.
I think it's important not to be didactic. The power of cinema is allowing an audience to connect to characters. Allowing an audience to see and experience something in a film, though other people, is way more powerful than reading pages and pages of stats. Facts can be misleading and emotions can be very very real.
Born January 1984. Jonas Carpignano spent his life between Italy and the USA. His short films A CHJANA and A CIAMBRA have won prizes at several film festivals including Venice and Cannes, the later winner of the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize at La Semaine de la Critique in 2014. MEDITERRANEA is his first feature film and was shot in Calabria where he lives and presented in the competition of La Semaine de la Critique.