2021 Cannes Best Film–Directors' Fortnight

The mafia and its strict patriarchal familial bonds form the basis of A Chiara––a poetic, social realist, enthralling drama which concludes Carpignano's trilogy on social and economic trend called “globalization” that started with Mediterranea and A Ciambra. Filmed in the Calabrian town of Gioia Tauro like its forerunners, A Chiara follows 15-year-old Chiara, whose life upends when her father disappears and nobody lets her in on anything. Carpignano says that “about family, about father-daughter relations. It’s a film which talks about how people learn to find their own moral compass, and how they lean to navigate their surroundings.” Part of the film's music score was written by director Benh Zeitlin.