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Cannes 2015: For 'Mediterranea' director, boat people as film drama

Cannes 2015: For 'Mediterranea' director, boat people as film drama

To make "Mad Max: Fury Road," the director George Miller eschewed the usual filmmaking shortcuts in favor of shoots in the gritty Namibian desert. Jonas Carpignano adopted a similar mindset, but for a very different movie. To prepare for "Mediterranea," his new scripted film about‎ boat refugees to Europe, the first-time feature director thought about simply interviewing the people who made the treacherous journey of hundreds of miles across Africa to ports in countries such as Morocco and Algeria. Instead he decided on another approach: He took the journey himself. Beginning in Burkino Faso at the country’s southern border with Ghana, Carpignano spent three...

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