Sequoia 1 Tue, Oct 13, 2015 2:30 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: Cinema Bellissimo
Running Time:110 min
Director:Jonas Carpignano
Producer:Jason Michael Berman
Chris Columbus
Jon Coplon Christoph
Screenwriter:Jonas Carpignano
Cinematographer:Wyatt Garfield
Editor:Nico Luenen
Affonso Conclaves
Sanabel Chriaqoui
Cast:Koudous Seihon
Alassane Sy
Adam Gnegne
Mary Elizabeth Innocence
Pio Amato
Zaccaria Kbiri
Davide Schipilliti
Vincenzina Siciliano
Print Source:IFC Films
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong


A young man makes a perilous journey from Burkina Faso to Italy in Jonas Carpignano’s poignant and exquisitely crafted first feature. Refreshingly astute in his approach to character, the filmmaker weaves a fictional narrative based partly on the lived experiences of mesmerizing lead Koudous Seihon. The actor brings a heartfelt gravity to his character, Ayiva, whose hoped-for better life in the southwestern town of Rosarno gets off to a rocky start. Robbed by bandits in Algeria and rescued by the Coast Guard off the shores of Italy, Ayiva is given three months to miraculously procure a work contract in a country facing its own share of serious employment woes. Employing vérité style, Carpignano has an almost organic way of revealing the story that gives it reality and heart. In putting a deeply human and personal face on the hot-button issue of immigration, Mediterranea also announces Carpignano as a director to watch.

Co-presented by Italian Cultural Institute

Additional Information

Jonas Carpignano spent his childhood between Rome and New York City and attended Wesleyan University. His work has been shown in several film festivals including Cannes, Venice, and the New York Film Festival. His two short films A Chjàna (2011) and A Ciambra (2014) have been honored with the Controcampo Award at the 68th Venice Film Festival, The Discovery Prize at the 53rd Semaine De La Critique at Cannes, a Nastro D'Argento special mention, and the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami International Film Festival. Carpignano is an alumnus of the 2012 Sundance Screenwriters & Directors Lab and the winner of the Sundance/Mahindra Global filmmaking award. In 2012 he was one of the top 25 New Faces in independent film by Filmmaker Magazine.