Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cineforum Italiano: The First Assignment (Il primo incarico)

Genre: Drama
Director: Giorgia Cecere
Released: 2010
Duration: 90 min.
In Italian with English subtitles.

Organized by Passatempo, LLC.
Location: Letelier Theater
Date: April 15, 2012
Time: 4:00pm

A hit at the Venice Film Festival, Giorgia Cecere's exquisite drama follows Nena (Isabella Ragonese), a young teacher who is posted to a provincial Puglian town where she struggles to connect with the local children and misses her aristocratic boyfriend. Left in limbo after her boyfriend Francesco (Alberto Boll), who seems to sincerely care for her, has not yet asked for her hand in marriage, Nena is forced to leave her family home to take up her first teaching position in another town. But it is the 1950s and being an unmarried woman, living alone, means that Nena comes under intense scrutiny from her inquisitive and judgmental neighbors.

Isabella Ragonese is a rising star in Italy and she has created a wonderful, memorable character in the headstrong Nena – a woman who thinks that everything is lost, but finds hope, friendship and fulfillment in unexpected places.

4:00 pm: Sign in, enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks during the film.
4:15 pm: Program begins with introductions and film
5:45 pm: The film will be followed by small reception which provides an opportunity to socialize and discuss the film.

Tickets: $8 online with your RSVP at

Advance ticket purchase is the only guarantee of a seat. $10 at the door (cash only, no credit/debit card processing)


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