Case Study: A Ciambra

Friday 7 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

With his second feature film, A Ciambra, Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea) continues to explore the southern Italian province of Calabria by creating close-up portraits of its inhabitants. The film is the result of long and meticulous preparatory work involving observation, analysis and writing – its script was developed within TorinoFilmLab, the international laboratory based in Turin, Italy. A Ciambra is the result of an unusual production structure: it is a Brazilian production, with co-producers from the United States, Italy, Germany, France and Sweden. Another major novelty is its financing plan, as this is the first film ever to receive support from the newly launched Martin Scorsese fund. TFL Artistic Director Matthieu Darras will interview the director, focusing on these innovations and on Jonas’s work all the way from script to screen.


In A Ciambra, a small Romani community in Calabria, life has a unique rhythm. Just look at Pio Amato who, at age 14, is in a hurry to grown up. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere and from Cosimo he learns how to hustle and how to navigate the streets of his 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.

Pio is a young Romani boy living in southern Italy who must decide how far he is willing to go to repay his brother’s debt and keep his family together.

Produced by: Stayblack Productions – Italy

In co-production with:
RT Features – Brazil
Sikelia Productions – USA
Rai Cinema – Italy
DCM Pictures – Germany
Haut et Court – France
Film i Väst – Sweden<
Filmgate – Sweden

Jonas Carpignano BIO:

Jonas Carpignano spent his childhood between Rome and New York City. He began making films at Wesleyan University and after graduating continued working on film sets in Italy and the US. His work as a director has been shown around the world and has won awards at Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la critique before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. His work on Mediterranea also earned him the Guggenheim fellowship. His second feature film A Ciambra had it's world premier at the Directors Fortnight at the 2017 Cannes film festival where it won the Europa Cinema Label prize for best European film. Jonas lives in Italy where he continues to work as a writer and director.

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