IFFC: A Ciambra (18)

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IFFC: A Ciambra (18)

Italy/2017/118mins/18/subs Welsh Premiere Dir: Jonas Carpignano. With Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Iolanda Amato, Damiano Amato

In a small Roma community in Calabria, Pio Amato is desperate to grow up fast. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few able to easily slide between the region's factions - the local Italians, the African refugees and his fellow Roma. Pio follows his older brother Cosimo everywhere, learning the necessary skills for life on the streets of their hometown. When Cosimo goes to prison 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.

"Jonas Carpignano follows his 2015 Cannes discovery, 'Mediterranea,' with another insightful look at a different marginalized community in Southern Italy… this magnetic Dickensian hustler [from Mediterranea] now gets a richly contextualized feature portrait in A Ciambra, a coming-of-age drama with a stealthy emotional charge that further enhances the writer-director's reputation as a gifted practitioner of Italian neo-neorealism. "
Hollywood Reporter

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