A Ciambra

A Ciambra

A Ciambra

With the cast playing versions of themselves, this is a detailed and authentic look at a 14-year-old growing up too fast in the Romani community of Calabria.

"Part of a large family, Pio Amato is only 14, but he drinks and smokes, and knows his way around the factions of the region. He’s equally comfortable amongst the local Italians, African refugees and the Romani. And Pio is also adept at running little scams, moving goods around and making a bit of cash. This comes in especially useful when his father and brother are jailed, but it also prompts Pio to believe that he is ready for manhood, leading to a terrible dilemma. Director Jonas Carpignano has worked with this community in his previous films, and in A Ciambra he has made a vibrant and immersive film, that attracted Martin Scorsese to executive produce." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the Label Europa Cinemas (Carpignano), 2017 Cannes Film Festival
2017118 minsItaly, Brazil, Germany, France, Sweden, USAItalian with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Variety

Variety

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"A Ciambra" is something of a step sideways for the Italian-American filmmaker, consolidating his considerable formal and observational gifts while fumbling a bit as storytelling.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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In its mood and methods, "A Ciambra" pays homage to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the living masters of European realist cinema.

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NPR

NPR

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While A Ciambra is not a happy story, its vigour and authenticity deliver a sort of joy.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Through Tim Curtin's kinetic handheld camerawork, Carpignano immerses the viewer in Pio's experience.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A raw and distinctive coming-of-age portrait.

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Variety

Variety

press

"A Ciambra" is something of a step sideways for the Italian-American filmmaker, consolidating his considerable formal and observational gifts while fumbling a bit as storytelling.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

In its mood and methods, "A Ciambra" pays homage to the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the living masters of European realist cinema.

0
NPR

NPR

press

While A Ciambra is not a happy story, its vigour and authenticity deliver a sort of joy.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Through Tim Curtin's kinetic handheld camerawork, Carpignano immerses the viewer in Pio's experience.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A raw and distinctive coming-of-age portrait.

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