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Join us for a wonderful evening of culture and film thanks to our partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney. Each month we will feature the very best of Italian Cinema here at Casula Powerhouse. Admission is FREE but please book your ticket online.

The film will be in Italian and will have English subtitles.

It will be presented by Dr. Cristiana Palmieri, a senior executive in medical education. She is also a research affiliate at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney. Cristiana is passionate about cinema and collaborates as a film critic and movie journalist with FRED Film Radio, a web radio based in London that covers films festivals and cinema globally.

A hit at the Venice Film Festival, this exquisite drama follows Nena, 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, 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 bright new talents in the Italian cinematic landscape.

English Title: The First Assignment
Directed by: Giorgia Cecere
Country: Italy
Language Production: Italian
Genre: Drama
Rating: M

Event Information

DATE: Tuesday 14 September
TIME: 7pm
DURATION: 1 hr 30 min

FREE, bookings essential



Casula Powerhouse Film Program
Italian Film Series 2021
2021 Matinee Season