Italy, France


The Guerrasio family and friends gather to celebrate Claudio and Carmela’s oldest daughter’s 18th birthday. There is a healthy rivalry between the birthday girl and her 15-year-old sister Chiara as they compete on the dance floor. It is a happy occasion, and the close-knit family are in top form. However, everything changes the next day when the father disappears. Chiara starts to investigate. As she gets closer to the truth, she is forced to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.

Director's Biography

Jonas Carpignano grew up between Rome and New York. After two short films which won awards at the 68th Venice Film Festival and the Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2014, he directed his first feature film, MEDITERRANEA, selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 (Critics’ Week). Jonas’s second feature, A CIAMBRA, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2017. A CHIARA, his third film, also premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight and closes the trilogy on the town of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, Italy, where these three films were shot.

2021 - A CHIARA
2017 - A CIAMBRA
2014 - A CIAMBRA, short
2012 - A CHJÀNA, short
2011 - BAYOU BLACK, short
2010 - RESURRECTION MAN, short
2006 - LA CASA D'ARGENTO BAVA, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jonas Carpignano

Written by: Jonas Carpignano

Produced by: Jon Coplon, Ryan Zacarias, Paolo Carpignano, Jonas Carpignano, Julie Billy, Carole Scotta

Cinematography: Tim Curtin

Editing: Affonso Gonçalves

Production Design: Marco Ascanio Viarigi

Costume Design: Nicoletta Taranta

Make-Up & Hair: Lisa Mustafa

Original Score: Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

Sound: Giuseppe Tripodi

Visual Effects: Andreas Hylander, Richard Blank, Alan Banis

Cast: Swamy Rotolo (Chiara), Claudio Rotolo (Claudio), Grecia Rotolo (Giulia), Carmela Fumo (Carmela), Giorgia Rotolo (Giorgia)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021