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Il primo incarico (The First Assignment) (online)



Il primo incarico (The First Assignment) (online)

primo incarico posterA lieto fine - Happy ending

2021 marks the 7th consecutive year of the Italian Cultural Institute’s fruitful collaboration with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, i.e. the cultural hub of the Liverpool City Council. A collaboration that is expressed with the organization of the screening of movies focussing on contemporary Italian productions.

This year’s movie series is called A lieto fine - Happy ending, with a clear reference to the choice of "light" feature films, not particularly challenging, which want to herald a gradual resumption of all economic and cultural activities, which have unavoidably slowed down and/or have been confined to private settings due to the Covid pandemic, which finally seems to be slowing down its impact on the social life of the population.

Il primo incarico (The First Assignment)
(Giorgia Cecere, 2011, 90’)

With: Isabella Ragonese, Francesco Chiarello, Alberto Boll

A hit at the Venice Film Festival, Giorgia Cecere's exquisite drama follows Nena, a youngprimo incarico interna 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, 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 neighbours.
Giorgia Cecere's debut film brings a story of hope, friendship and fulfilment in the most unexpected of places and also signals a bright new talents in the Italian cinematic landscape.

The movie will be introduced by Dr Cristiana Palmieri.

cristianaCristiana Palmieri is a senior executive in medical education. She is also research affiliate at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, where she completed her doctorate in Sociolinguistics and Adult Education. Her main research interests are motivation for language learning in multicultural and multilingual contexts. Along with numerous papers she has published “Identity Trajectories of Adult Second Language Learners: Learning Italian in Australia”. Cristiana is passionate about cinema and collaborates as film critic and movie journalist with FRED Film Radio, a web radio based in London that covers films festivals and cinema globally.

Free event. Booking essential:

A link will be emailed to you once you have booked your ticket.


Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Entrance : Free