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154 Ratings

Mediterranea

Directed by Jonas Carpignano
Italy, France, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

Ayiva has left his home in Burkina Faso in search of a way to provide for his sister and his daughter. During a smuggling operation, he gets himself and his friend Abas off of the continent. Ayiva adapts to life in Italy, but when tensions with the local community rise, things will get dangerous.

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Mediterranea Directed by Jonas Carpignano

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best First Feature

National Board of Review

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Directorial Debut

AFI Fest

2015

Carpignano has successfully fused several genres without the mess and forcedness that sometimes accompany such efforts. The fundamental one is the migrant road movie. Ayiva’s entry into Rocco’s household opens the doors for the family melodrama, bratty Marta playing a pivotal role. The film is also a morality tale, observing Ayiva’s battles with transgression, even if it is born of the good man’s desperation and interior struggle between personal survival and collective progress.
November 19, 2015
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In Mediterranea, Jonas Carpignano pieces together one of the most layered and nuanced portrayals of an experience that is deeply underrepresented in film in the 21st century. The film is a piece of consuming realism coated in a palpable humanist approach to portraying pain, anxiety, and disappointment on screen.
August 17, 2015
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Survival has a lot to do with luck, and walking down the wrong street at the wrong time (which, it seems, could potentially be a lot of the time for Ayiva and friends) can change the course of your life. But Carpignano’s quietly stirring debut demonstrates palpable artistic integrity, and shows that suffering is not the whole story.
July 01, 2015
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