Cannes Film Fest 2017: Carpignano’s A Ciambra

The Directors Fortnight of the 2017 Cannes Film Fest also selected Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra,” based on his 2014 short, which had won the Discovery award at Critics’ Week.

A follow-up to Carpignano’s 2015 Cannes-selected feature “Mediterranea,” “A Ciambra” is produced by Sikelia Productions, the outfit jointly launched by RT Features, Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

Also playing are “Frost,” directed by veteran filmmaker Sharunas Bartas, and “I Am Not a Witch” directed by British-Zambian helmer Rungano Nyoni.


“Frost” follows a couple of young Lithuanians who volunteer to drive a cargo van of humanitarian aid to Ukraine and find themselves lost in the vast snowy lands of the war-torn Donbass region, which leads them to understand what it is like to live through war. Bartas’ previous film, “Peace to Us in our Dreams,” also played at Directors Fortnight in 2015. Vanessa Paradis stars in the film.

I Am Not a Witch

“I Am Not a Witch” turns on an 8-year-old girl living in a village who is accused of witchcraft following a minor incident and is exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. Nyoni has directed or co-directed a flurry of critically acclaimed shorts, including the BAFTA-nominated “Mwansa the Great” and “Kuuntele,” which won Tribeca’s jury award. Kinology is selling “I Am Not a Witch.”

Other films playing at the 2017 Directors Fortnight include:

Indonesian helmer Surya Mouly’s “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts,” which was part of last year’s Cannes Cinefondation’s Atelier;

Vladimir de Fontenay’s “Mobile Homes”;

Sonia Kronlund’s documentary feature debut “Nothingwood”;

Carine Tardieu’s “Otez-moi d’un doute.”