The Discovery at Dawn

Showtimes

Film runs Sat, Jun 8 through Mon, Jun 10.

The Discovery at Dawn
La scoperta dell’alba | Susanna Nicchiarelli, 2012
Italy | Italian with English subtitles | 95 minutes

Director Susanna Nicchiarelli in person for Q&A at June 8 screening!

Screening added Saturday, June 8 at 2:30pm!

Rome, 1981:  Professor Mario Tessandori is shot in the university courtyard and dies in the arms of Lucio Astengo, his friend and colleague. A few weeks later, Astengo vanishes mysteriously.  Flash forward to 2011. Caterina and Barbara Astengo, six and 12 when their father passed away, put up for sale their family cottage by the sea, which has long since been abandoned. The house is filled with memories of a childhood interrupted by the father’s disappearance, a broken family that never reassembled. In one corner, there's an old phone still attached to the outlet. Caterina picks it up and discovers that, inexplicably, it works, even though the line is disconnected. Playfully, she dials her home number from 30 years earlier and hears the voice of a child responding on the other end. In shock, she realizes that she is speaking to her 12-year-old self, a week before the death of her father. She’s been given a second chance, if not to save him then at least to uncover the truth. Wonderful performances by Margarita Buy and Nicchiarelli herself as Caterina’s sister.

Series: Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2013

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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