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IL POSTO

Italy, 1961 (MIFF 1965)

Director: Ermanno Olmi

Made by a young Italian director with a cast of non-professional actors. // Posto concentrates on revealing its characters during a significant period of their lives. The story is very simple. Aged sixteen. Domenico leaves his parents' crowded flat in a suburb of Milan to look for his first job Already Domenico has learnt to talk about security, the advantages of the big. solid Milan industrial concern where he goes for an interview The interview and examinations are absurd but not daunting. Domenico ind Antometta the girl he meets there, both expect to pass and do so. Antonietta gets, a typist's job. Domenico is to work as a messenger-boy until a clerks job turns up for him

The film is unique, a gem of understatement. Olmi has combined the lightest of romantic elements with the underlying satire and its implicitly pessimistic conclusion But few films have seemed less bitter about futility.

Il Posto was shown at the venice and London Film Festivals. It recieved the premier award of the British Film Institute.

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