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A Ciambra (2017)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 26 January 2018 (USA)
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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 - ... See full summary »

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Jonas Carpignano
13 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pio Amato Pio Amato ... Pio
Iolanda Amato Iolanda Amato ... Iolanda
Koudous Seihon ... Ayiva
Damiano Amato Damiano Amato ... Cosimo
Patrizia Amato Patrizia Amato ... Patatina
Susanna Amato Susanna Amato ... Susanna
Rocco Amato Rocco Amato ... Rocco
Francesco Pio Amato Francesco Pio Amato ... Keko O' Marrochinu
Damiano Nicolas Amato Damiano Nicolas Amato ... Cocchino
Pasquale Alampi Pasquale Alampi ... Raffaele Guerrasio
U Ciccarredù U Ciccarredù ... Nonno Emiliano
Francisco Berlingeri Francisco Berlingeri ... Emiliano (Giovane)
'Maria' Rusinova Asenova 'Maria' Rusinova Asenova ... Teeth
Simona Amato Simona Amato ... Simona
Faith Uchenna Uburu Faith Uchenna Uburu ... Faith
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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. Written by G

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Crime | Drama

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As in the film's predecessor, Mediterranea (2015), the cast consists of non-professional actors who the director met in the city of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, Italy. The story is a fictional narrative in true-to-life surroundings. See more »

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[to Pio]
Nonno Emiliano: I was born in that thing.
[pause]
Nonno Emiliano: Pio, come here. Come.
[pause]
Nonno Emiliano: Once, we were always on the road. On the road. We were free. We didn't have bosses. We answered to no-one. We were free, always on the road. Now, we are here. Remember, It's us against the world.
Pio: Against the world.
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Referenced in KVIFF Guide: Episode #1.9 (2017) See more »

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These streets are mean but not so much hero Pio.
5 February 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Don't expect lovely shots of the Calabrian countryside in Jonas Carpignano's A Cambria, because this Italian entry for the Oscars is as gritty as gritty gets. The story of Pio's (Pio Amato) coming of age in an impoverished Romani enclave is told with unremitting neo-realism and a point of view almost exclusively young 14 year-old Pio's. It's a companion piece to the director's Mediterranea and a sequel.

Realism is what made Italian cinema its reputation as far back as Rossellini in the first half of the 20th century. This iteration dares to place the camera almost on Pio's shoulder to give the sense of everything Pio is seeing and if his decisions are good ones. It doesn't get more than this.

That's the rub of this powerful, seemingly documentary capture of small-life in Calabria, modern with cells and cars and anything the gypsies can steal and sell. Because his father and brother are imprisoned, Pio becomes responsible for his family, and he pursues the gangster life with natural instincts, and, well, relish.

Moreover, his 15 family members are actor Pio's real family, providing an unparalleled feel of the real. His mother, Iolanda, is a piece of Italian motherhood work that by now could be "central casting."

The writer/director's treatment is consistent and relentless: an unwavering close up of impoverished gypsy life, at odds with the "Italians" who surround them and at odds with a society that considers them outsiders, thieves, and liers. The streets are uniformly strewn with garbage, and when a building experiences arson, you are almost ready to say "good riddance."

Although so many close-ups of Pio become tiresome, no doubt can exist that you will forget this camera-ready actor whose eyes tell you the combat within his soul.

Are you surprised Martin Scorsese is a producer? I'm not. These are the streets he loves to narrate, and they are mean.


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26 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,330, 21 January 2018

Gross USA:

$41,934

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,808
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