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To Chiara

To Chiara image - a film by Jonas Carpignano
To Chiara image - a film by Jonas Carpignano
To Chiara image - a film by Jonas Carpignano
To Chiara image - a film by Jonas Carpignano
To Chiara image - a film by Jonas Carpignano
To Chiara image - a film by Jonas Carpignano
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENINGS - 2021 ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
To Chiara poster - a film by Jonas Carpignano
Brilliant. Gripping and unpredictable.
Instantly engaging. A director in command of the medium and physically entrenched in the milieu.
David Rooney
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Carpignano confronts questions of power that haven’t cropped up before, directing his focus to the local gangster underworld while rejecting the gangster genre, concentrating not on the tough guys but those in their orbit left to ponder their own complicity and sort through the emotional rubble in the mafiosos’ wake. He’s not quite deconstructing the gangster picture, but he succeeds in draining all its allure. We can see this demimonde through the accessible vantage of an outsider, horrified and yet drawn in all the same.
Director: Jonas Carpignano
Cast: Swamy Rotolo, Claudio Rotolo, Carmela Fumo, Grecia Rotolo
Duration: 122mins
Country of Origin: Italy
M
Mature themes, drug references and coarse language
Brilliant. Gripping and unpredictable.
Instantly engaging. A director in command of the medium and physically entrenched in the milieu.
David Rooney
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Carpignano confronts questions of power that haven’t cropped up before, directing his focus to the local gangster underworld while rejecting the gangster genre, concentrating not on the tough guys but those in their orbit left to ponder their own complicity and sort through the emotional rubble in the mafiosos’ wake. He’s not quite deconstructing the gangster picture, but he succeeds in draining all its allure. We can see this demimonde through the accessible vantage of an outsider, horrified and yet drawn in all the same.

WINNER – 2021 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Best European Film (Directors' Fortnight)
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2021 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2021 KARLOVY VARY FILM FESTIVAL
CENTREPIECE SELECTION - 2021 ST. ALI ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL

From multi award-winning writer/director Jonas Carpignano (A Ciambra, Mediterranea), TO CHIARA is a searing, gripping and remarkably poignant drama about a Calabrian teenage girl who learns some difficult truths about her close-knit family.

Gioia Tuara, Southern Italy. The Guerrasio family and their friends gather to celebrate the 18th birthday of Guilia, the eldest daughter of Claudio and Carmela. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 15-year-old sister Chiara (extraordinary screen discovery Swamy Rotolo) - who’s clearly Dad’s favourite - though it’s a happy occasion. But Chiara gradually senses that something is very wrong, and then… her father disappears.

Chaira’s mother exudes reassurances to her three daughters but offers no clear explanation, so the teenager begins her own investigations. The more Chiara learns, the more she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.

Ingeniously structured and building to a thrilling climax, Carpignano’s virtuoso, neo-realist tale never casts its protagonist as hero or victim, upending the mafia genre with an emotional and urgent new perspective. Intimate and furiously paced, it's a must-see.

To Chiara poster - a film by Jonas Carpignano
AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE SCREENINGS - 2021 ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL