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European Union Film Festival


2015, Jonas Carpignano, Italy, 107 min. With Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy.

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  • Sun, Mar 20th 5:30pm
  • Thu, Mar 24th 7:45pm

"This calm, hardheaded film never sacrifices it toughness...impressive for the degree to which it lends its characters complex human dimensions." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Tender, devastating...No other film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival hits such a profoundly topical note." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

In his first feature, Italian/African-American filmmaker Carpignano provides a timely and immersive tale of the current immigrant crisis that merges the real-life experiences of charismatic lead actor Seihon and the 2010 immigrant riots that took place in Rosarno in Southern Italy. Pragmatic Ayiva (Seihon) and his volatile friend Abas (Sy) make their way from Burkina Faso to Italy in a harrowing odyssey. Arriving in the promised land, they find that the troubles have just begun — they have three months to find a steady job in a strange and hostile world where they are at the mercy of exploitative bosses and teenage thugs. Carpignano counterpoints the hardships with passages of camaraderie, humor, and tenderness, until frustration and rage produce a climax that extends the story’s relevance far beyond the shores of Italy. In Italian, French, and Arabic with English subtitles. Courtesy of IFC Films. DCP digital. (MR)

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