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IFF21 To Chiara

M 121 MIN
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Synopsis

From multi award-winning writer/director Jonas Carpignano (A Ciambra, Meditteranea), 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 neo-realist tale upends the mafia genre with an emotional and urgent new perspective. It’s an unmissable Festival highlight.

Awards

WINNER – Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2021 – Best European Film 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2021 (Horizons) 

OFFICIAL FILM FESTIVAL – New York Film Festival 2021 

Reviews

"Brilliant! Gripping and unpredictable."

- Indiewire


"Instantly engaging. A director in command of the medium and physically entrenched in the milieu."

- The Hollywood Reporter


Movie Information

Release date

Wednesday 20th October

Duration

121 min

Rating

M

Cast

Swamy Rotolo, Claudio Rotolo, Grecia Rotolo, Carmela Fumo

Director

Jonas Carpignano

Genre

Film Festival

Language

Italian with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema



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