An Italian teenager’s discovery of the true nature of her father’s work leads to a riveting descent into the crime world of Calabria that threatens to tear her family apart.
In his previous works MEDITERRANEA (PFF24) and A CIAMBRA (PFF26), Jonas Carpignano authentically captured the varied plights of those who call the Southern Italian region home. In his towering Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner A CHIARA, Carpgnano sets its sights on the modern-day Italian mob. The film opens like another noteworthy mob saga: with a party. Carpignano bobs and weaves amid the revelry of 18-year-old Giulia’s (Grecia Rotolo) birthday celebration, capturing a family whose ties with many of the partygoers go even deeper than blood. The hushed conversations and covert handshakes go unnoticed by unruly 15-year-old Chiara (Swamy Rotolo) as she blazenly vies with Giulia for the attention of their doting father Claudio (Claudio Rotolo). But soon an explosive act leaves Claudio missing and leads Chiara on a harrowing search for answers. Once again skillfully working with a cast of mostly nonprofessional actors, Carpignano combines realism with impressionistic, dreamy flourishes to dive deeper into Chiara’s fragile state.
CAST: Swamy Rotolo, Claudio Rotolo, Grecia Rotolo, Carmela Fumo
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