Narrative Feature | 117 minutes

HIFF 2017

World Cinema

This film played at HIFF 2017
on 10/6/17 and 10/9/17


Directed by
Jonas Carpignano

Produced by
Paulo Carpignano
Jon Coplon
Christoph Daniel
Gwyn Sannia
Marc Schmidheiny
Rodrigo Teixeira
Ryan Zacarias

Executive Produced by Martin Scorsese

Written by
Jonas Carpignano

Pio Amato
Koudous Seihon
Damiano Amato
Francesco Pio Amato
Lolanda Amato

Presented by

US Premiere

2017 | Italian | Italy/France/USA/Sweden/Germany

Adapted from his eponymous short film, filmmaker Jonas Carpignano returns to the southern Italian setting of his debut MEDITERRANEA (HIFF 2015) in this neo-realist coming-of-age story. Desperate to join the ranks of the men of his Romany family, 14-year-old Pio finds his initiation into adulthood unexpectedly fast-tracked with the imprisonment of his father and older brother, as he gradually involves himself in the same criminal world that placed them there. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed with a remarkably atmospheric touch that refuses to settle into the expected tropes of the genre, A CIAMBRA is another nuanced look at the difficulty of escaping a life of crime in a community defined by it, confirming Carpignano as a undeniable international force. Italy’s official submission for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.