Discovery At Dawn

ItalyLa Scoperta dell’Alba / 92 minutes / Italy / 2013 / Susanna Nicchiarelli



Flag: Green-white-Red
Capital: Rome
Population: 60.9 million
Names of Oscar winning movies:

  • 1947: Shoeshine / Sciuscià by Vittorio De Sica
  • 1949: The Bicycle Thief / Ladri di biciclette by Vittorio De Sica
  • 1950: The Walls of Malapaga / Le mura di Malapaga by René Clément
  • 1956: La Strada / La strada by Federico Fellini
  • 1957: Nights of Cabiria / Le notti di Cabiria by Federico Fellini
  • 1963: 81⁄2 / Otto e mezzo by Federico Fellini
  • 1964: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow / Ieri, oggi, domani by Vittorio De Sica
  • 1970: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion / Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto by Elio Petri
  • 1971: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis / Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini by Vittorio De Sica
  • 1974: Amarcord / Amarcord by Federico Fellini
  • 1989: Cinema Paradiso / Nuovo Cinema Paradiso by Giuseppe Tornatore
  • 1991: Mediterraneo / Mediterraneo by Gabriele Salvatores
  • 1998: Life Is Beautiful / La vita è bella by Roberto Benigni
  • 2013: The Great Beauty / La grande bellezza by Paolo Sorrentino

Names of the most famous directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, Carlo Lizzani, Dario Argento, Dino Risi, Elio Petri, Ermanno Olmi, Ettore Scola, Federico Fellini, Ferzan Ozpetec, Francesco Rosi, Franco Zeffirelli, Gabriele Muccino, Gianni Amelio, Gillo Pontecorvo, Giuseppe Tornatore, Grabiele Salvatores, Lina Wertmüller, Luca Guadagnino, Luchino Visconti, Luigi Comencini, Marco Bellocchio, Marco Tullio Giordana, Mario Monicelli, Michelangelo Antonioni, Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, Paolo Taviani, Paolo Virzì, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Pietro Germi, Pupi Avati, Roberto Benigni, Roberto Rossellini, Sergio Leone, Vittorio De Seta, Vittorio De Sica, Vittorio Taviani

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Rome, 1981: with seven shots from a revolver, two members of the Red Brigade gun down professor Mario Tessandori in the university courtyard, in plain sight. He dies in the arms of his friend and colleague Lucio Astengo. A few weeks later, Lucio Astengo himself disappears. It is now 2011. Caterina and Barbara Astengo, who were six and twelve years old when their father died, have put their family’s beach home – now abandoned for some time – up for sale. The house is full of memories of a childhood interrupted by their father’s disappearance, of a family broken and never put back together. In one corner, a 1970srotary dial telephone is still plugged in to the wall, though has been disconnected for years. Caterina feeling nostalgic at the sight of the old phone, lifts the receiver and inexplicably hears a dial tone. She tries dialing a few numbers, but the phone remains silent. Then, almost as a game, she tries the number of their home in the city thirty years earlier. This time, she hears ringing: a child’s voice answers. It is herself, twelve years old, one week before her father’s disappearance. Fate has given her a second chance: if not to save her father, then at least to discover the truth.
English language title: Discovery At Dawn
Original language title: La Scoperta dell’alba
Running time: 92 minutes
US rating, if any: No
Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Producer: Domenico Procacci
Screenwriter: Susanna Nicchiarelli And Michele Pellegrini. Based On The Novel “La Scoperta Dell’alba” By Walter Veltroni.
Principal cast: Margherita Buy, Susanna Nicchiarelli , Sergio Rubini , Lino Guanciale , Sara Fabiano , Anita Cappucci , Gabriele Spinelli , Renato Carpentieri, Lina Sastri
Distributor (include US if any): Fandango
Production company: Fandango
Year of release in home company: 2013


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Date(s) - 09/24/2014
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ray Stark Family Theatre


Q&A to follow with Writer/Director Susanna Nicchiarelli

All screenings are overbooked to ensure capacity, and reservations will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis. It is important to arrive early to best ensure your seats, and seating is not guaranteed in advance based on reservations.


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