Director: Jonas Carpignano / Italy-France-USA-Germany /2015 / Colour / 107 mins / French-Italian-English-Arabic

 4_mediterranea_2Synopsis: The story of ‘Mediterrranea ‘is based on the violent assaults made on African migrants and the increasing protest marches that took place in southern Italy’s Rosarno in 2010.It follows the lives of Ayiva, who has left his sister and his child in Burkina Faso, to start a new and better life at Europe. Together with his friend Abas, they survive the treacherous crossing made with a group of refugees in a smuggler’s boat. Having arrived in southern Italy, they soon adapts to life there and begin earning money working on an orange plantation. But the hostility towards foreigners found in their new environment takes on ever-increasing seriousness. Driven by the need to support their families back home and unsettled by the social rejection they are experiencing in Italy, Ayiva and Abas must now decide – each for themselves – how far they are prepared to go to find happiness in Europe. MEDITERRANEA is a disturbing and highly topical social drama that gives a clear perception of how refugees cope once they get to the other side of the ocean.

4_mediterranea_1Direction & Screenplay Jonas Carpignano
Cinematography Wyatt Garfield
Editing Nico Leunen, Affonso Goncalves,Sanabel Cherqaoui
Music Benh Zeitlin & Dan Romer
Production Jon Coplon, Gwyn Sannia, Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacarias
Cast Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy, Adam Gnegne, Vincenzina Siciliano, Ernest Zire, Mary Elizabeth Innocence, Mimma Papasergio, Annalisa Pagano, Joy Odundia, Davide Schipilliti, Zakaria Kbiri, Norina Ventre

Awards / Festivals

  • 8½ – Festado Cinema Italiano, Beijing IFF, Belgrade IFF
  • Febio Fest, International Istanbul FF
  • The European FFF of Angers, Tokyo Italian FF, Tromso IFF
  • Uruguay IFF, AFI Los Angeles IFF, BFI London FF, Cairo IFF

Director Biography : Jonas Carpignano (b. 1984, New York) spent his childhood between Rome and New York, and later attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He attended the Sundance Screenwriters & Directors Lab in2012, where he won a prestigious award. His two short films, A Chj’ana (2011) and A Ciambra (2014), could be seen as preparations for his feature-length debut as writer and director, screened as part of this year’s Critics’ Week in Cannes. The movie, inspired by racial unrest in Italy, uses a subjective point of view. It avoids repeating established truths, and captures the authentic atmosphere of the events.