Pio, 14, lives in an impoverished Romani community in Calabria in southern Italy. Determined to live up to the outlaw reputation of his idolized older brother Cosimo, he wants to prove himself a full-grown hustler in the Amato family business of petty theft. But when his father and brother are incarcerated, life starts to fall apart, and a boy still on the cusp of adulthood must decide what kind of man he really wants to be. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and a companion piece to Carpignano’s powerful refugee drama Mediterranea (PIFF 39), A Ciambra is this year’s Italian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In Italian with English subtitles.
Filmography: Mediterranea (2015)