In A CIAMBRA, 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 region’s 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 of their hometown. When Cosimo disappears and things start to go wrong, Pio sets out to prove he’s ready to step into his big brother’s shoes but soon finds himself faced with an impossible decision that will show if he is truly ready to become a man.


Director: Jonas Carpignano Screenwriters: Jonas Carpignano Production: Stayblack Productions, RT Features, Sikella Productions, Rai Cinema, DCM Pictures DOP: Tim Curtin Editor: Affonso Gonçalves Sound Design: Giuseppe Tripodi 

Original title: A Ciambra English title: A Ciambra Country: Italy, US, France, Germany Production year: 2017 Format: 16mm Son: 5.1 Length: 120' Frame rate: 24fps




Director/ Screenwriter

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.

2012, A Chjàna | Short

SXSW Film Festival
Venice International Film Fest - Best Short Film - Contro Campo Italiano
New Directors New Films - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Special Mention

2014A Ciambra | Short

Cannes International film festival - Discovery Award
Miami International film festival - Grand Jury Prize,  Audience Award,, Park Grove Award
Stockholm International film festival - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalism
New York Film Festival

2015Mediterranea | Feature

Cannes Critics Week

Stockholm Film Festival - Best first feature & Best Actor

Gotham Awards - breakthrough director

International film Independent Spirit Awards - nominated Best first film, Best Actor, Best first screenplay