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Screening of "The Discovery at Dawn"

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Screening of "The Discovery at Dawn"

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The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute

Silvio Marchetti

is pleased to invite you to

the screening of

"The Discovery at Dawn"

(La scoperta dell'alba)


by Susanna Nicchiarelli

85 minutes, 2013


in Italian with English subtitles

with Margherita Buy, Sergio Rubini, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Lino Guanciale, Renato Carpentieri                    



Tuesday, February 18th at 6:00 PM

at the Italian Cultural Institute

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.


A light reception will follow. Reservations kindly suggested. 

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
500 N Michigan Avenue
Suite 1450
Chicago, 60611

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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