Two men make the dangerous journey from Africa to Italy for a better life, but then face hostility and violence in this shocking look at the life-and-death struggle of refugees.

Original title: Mediterranea English title:  Mediterranea Countries: Italy, France, USA, Germany, Qatar Production year: 2015 Length: 107 min


Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Mary Elizabeth Innocent 


Director: Jonas Carpignano Screenplay: Jonas Carpignano Producers: Jon Coplon, Gwyn Sannia, Jason Michael Berman, Chris Colombus, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacarias Co-Producer: Andrea Gamboa 
Director of Photography: Wyatt Garfield Production Design: Marco Ascanio Viarigi Editor: Nico Leunen, Affonso Gonçalves, Snabbel Chiraqoui Sound: Damien Tronchot

Festivals & Awards

AFI Fest
Nominated for the Audience Award for New Auteurs

Black Reel Awards
Nominated for Outstanding Foreign Film

Cairo International Film Festival
Best Film and Best Actor (Koudous Seihon)

Cannes Film Festival
Critics Week Official Selection

Gotham Awards
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Hamptons International Film Festival
Nominated Golden Starfish Award

Independent Spirit Awards
Nominated for Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay and Best Male Lead

Munich Film Festival
One Future Prize - Honorable Mention

National Board of Review, USA
NBR Award for Best Directorial Debut, Top Five Foreign Language Film

Stockholm Film Festival
Best Actor, Best First Film, Telia Film Award, Bronze Horse

Zurich Film Festival
Special Mention for International Feature Film


Jonas Carpignano

Director / Producer

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 prestigious festivals including Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film Mediterranea earned him the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and was named the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. Jonas lives in Italy where he continues to work as a writer and director.



2016, Mediterranea

2014, A Ciambra (Short)

2012, A Chjàna (Short)

2011, Bayou Black (Short)

2010, Resurrection Man (Short)

2006, La Casa d'Argento Bava (Short)