Jonas Carpignano spent his childhood between Rome and New York City. He began making films at Wesleyan University and after graduating continued working on film sets in Italy and the US. He was assistant director on several films, including fellow student Benh Zeitlein’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). His work as a director has been shown around the world and has won awards at Cannes, Venice, and Sundance. His first feature film Mediterranea debuted at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics week before receiving the award for the best directorial debut of 2015 by the National Board of Review. His second feature film The Ciambra premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2017 Cannes film festival, where it won the Europa Distribution Award. Jonas has been living Gioia Tauro (Calabria) for almost eight years while working on his shorts and on Mediterranea and The Ciambra, all shot there.
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