This neorealist film captures a boy's life in a changing Italy. Winner of the Europa Cinemas Label prize at Cannes 2017, at which our own Roger Gibson was on the Jury.
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.
During a couple of brief scenes in ‘Mediterranea’, the 2015 feature debut of writer-director Jonas Carpignano, a fast-talking, chain-smoking, barely teenage tough guy made the main character's face light up, and made audiences sit up and take notice. Played by the charismatic Pio Amato, he's now the focus of this robust and lyrical film, along with more than a dozen of the boy's real-life relatives, Romanies who live in southern Italy. (Subtitles)