Pio Amato, Koudous Seihon, Iolanda Amato, Damiano Amato
Stayblack Productions, RT Features, Sikelia Productions, Rai Cinema
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 regions’ factions – the local Italians, the African immigrants 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 and in the process he must decide if he is truly ready
to become a man.
Spent his childhood between Rome and New York City. He began making films at Wesleyan University and after graduating continued working on film sets in Italy and the US. His work as a director has won awards at Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film MEDITERRANEA debuted at the Cannes IFF – Semaine de la critique before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. His second feature film A CIAMBRA premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
2017 A Ciambra