Anyone who has seen Jonas Carpignano’s emotionally affecting debut feature »Mediterranea« is likely to remember Pio, the young and street-smart Romani boy who sells used mobile phones and other second hand goods to the African immigrants. Already the subject of the 2014 short »A Ciambra«, the young hustler now gets to shine in the long format in this identically titled feature.

True to the cinematic heritage of his country, Carpignano works in the vein of Italian neorealism by exploring current political and social issues through the “man on the street.” Deepening his universe, the director’s new feature lets the audience connect with acquaintances both old and new.

Closely observed by a handheld camera, Pio Amato is the brilliant star of this fictionalized version of his own coming-of-age story. While the film is often dark and sometimes disturbing, the pure spirit and force of our young delinquent and his refreshingly open approach to the world makes »A Ciambra« anything but depressing.

Title
A Ciambra
Director
Jonas Carpignano
Country
Italy, France, USA, Germany, Sweden
Length
120 min
Festival
2017
Section
Competition
Language
Italian
Subtitle
English Subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
A Ciambra
Cast
Pio, Amato, Koudous Seihon, Iolanda Amato, Damiano Amato
Producer
Jon Coplon, Paolo Carpignano, Christoph Daniel, Gwyn Sannia, Marc Schmidheiny, Rodrigo Texeira, Ryan
Script
Jonas Carpignano
Music
Dan Romer
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