The film is definitely touching on some modern issues facing Europe today: With more and more immigrants heading to Europe in unsafe boats, thousands of lives have been lost at sea this year alone.
Exclusive: Worlds Collide in Cannes-Bound ‘Mediterranea’ Poster
Exclusive: Worlds Collide in Cannes-Bound 'Mediterranea' Poster
“Mediterranea,” a U.S. production written and directed by Jonas Carpignano and featuring music from “Beasts of the Southern Wild’s” Ben Zeitlin and Dan Romer, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival during Critics’ Week, and Indiewire has the exclusive poster.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “Two best friends journey across desert and sea from Burkina Faso to Southern Italy in search of a better life, economically and otherwise. But when they arrive in Rosarno, the glittering snapshots they saw on Facebook detailing the immigrant’s life abroad do not match with the tough challenges they are met with in their new lives. One friend begins to assimilate through hard work and a sympathetic employer, who welcomes him into his family, while the other friend grows increasingly disillusioned with his hardscrabble reality. A vicious attack on the migrant community explodes into a full-blown riot, sending both friends into wildly different futures.”
Carpignano’s short film “A Ciambra” won Critics’ Week’s Best Short last year at Cannes and his other short, “A Chjána” won Best Short at Venice in 2012. Together, they create the world of “Mediterranea.”