A Chiara (2022)

Director: Jonas Carpignano Run Time: 121 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Carmela Fumo, Claudio Rotolo, Giorgia Rotolo, Grecia Rotolo, Swamy Rotolo

Country: Italy
Language: Italian

About the film: 

Winner of the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Award. The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 15-year-old sister Chiara as they compete on the dance floor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family are on top form. However, everything changes the next day when the father disappears. Chiara, unconvinced by the cover story, starts to investigate. As she gets closer to the truth, she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.

“Allows the viewer to stare at life being processed on the stunned, confused, and ecstatic face of a teenager.”

—Diego Semerene for Slant Magazine

About the filmmaker: 

A rising voice of Italian cinema, filmmaker Jonas Carpignano continues his exploration of the intricacies of life in contemporary Calabria. He is known for the films Mediterranea (2015), A Ciambra (2017), and A Chiara (2021). His work as a director has been shown at the Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival.

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