Jonas Carpignano was born in 1984 and grew up between New York City and Rome. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival -Semaine de la Critique in 2015 before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review and Gotham Independent Film Award for breakthrough. His second feature film A Ciambra had its world premier at the 2017 Cannes film festival -Director's Fortnight where it won the Europa Cinema Label prize for best European film. The film won numerous awards and prizes in addition to earning Carpignano a nomination for best director at the Independent Spirit Awards. A Ciambra was chosen to represent Italy for best foreign film at the 2018 Academy Awards and won two David Di Donatello awards including best director. His third film A Chiara had its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and won the Europa Labels prize for Best European film marking the second time that the director earned this prize at Cannes.
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