Label Europa Cinemas
Cannes Film Festival
A raw and distinctive coming-of-age portrait.
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A Ciambra

In a small Romani community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the regional factions - the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Romani. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets. When Cosimo disappears things start to go wrong. Pio sets out to prove he’s ready to handle his brother’s responsibilities but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.

Played at

Royal, 2.02.18 - 2.13.18
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled

Language: Italian

Director: Jonas Carpignano
Cast: Damiano Amato, Koudous Seihon, Pio Amato

  • Winner, Label Europa Cinemas, Cannes Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
In the 2015 film “Mediterranea,” writer/director Jonas Carpignano followed two men on a journey from Saharan Africa to Southern Italy. That film used non-actors to play characters who were fictionalized to some degree. This is a strategy that is increasingly popular with ...