The Fiancés
(I fidanzati)

Screening on Film
Directed by Ermanno Olmi.
With Carlo Cabrini, Anna Canzi.
Italy, 1963, 35mm, black & white, 84 min.
Italian with English subtitles.

Long engaged, Giovanni and Liliana return to the the dance hall where they first met only to suffer through a miserable evening: Giovanni is moving to Sicily for sixteen months in pursuit of work. Liliana is convinced their engagement won’t endure the separation and they part on bad terms. Absence and longing lead the couple to negotiate their relationship anew. Olmi’s laconic examination of characters circumscribed by their environment yields a rich emotional journey.

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