Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

A Ciambra

2017, Jonas Carpignano, Italy, 118 min. With Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 16th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 16th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 17th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Feb 18th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 20th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 21st 7:45pm
  • Thu, Feb 22nd 6:00pm
First Chicago run!

“An unusually volatile coming-of-age story…[Carpignano] might be one of the world’s most vital filmmakers.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“A compelling and accomplished film. The world is so realized that I felt as if I was living alongside its characters.” — Martin Scorsese

Italy’s official submission for Oscar consideration, A CIAMBRA incorporates the gritty authenticity of neorealism, the kinetic energy of early Scorsese (who exec-produced the film), and the moral urgency of the Dardenne brothers into a distinctively personal vision of modern, volatilely multicultural Europe. Like director Carpignano’s acclaimed first feature MEDITERRANEA, the film set in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro, this time shifting the ethnic focus from recent African immigrants to similarly marginalized Romani, and centering the story on the Roma boy Pio Amato, who had a scene-stealing supporting role as a precocious hustler in MEDITERRANEA. Now fourteen and growing up too fast, Pio is eager to follow his older brother Cosimo in the manly arts of burglary and car theft. When his brother and father are both jailed, Pio readily steps into their shoes as the chief breadwinner of the large, boisterous Amato clan, finding a more suitable mentor in his African neighbor Aviya (one of the central characters in MEDITERRANEA) and an alternative family in Aviya’s African community. Then his brother and father return from prison, and Pio finds himself suspended between two worlds, faced with a difficult decision that pits family loyalty against his newfound growth as a human being. In Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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