Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Circumstance

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Ermanno Olmi’s bold mid-career experimentations with modernist narrative and formal devices are in full-flight here with the film unfolding primarily through ellipsis, tableux and flashback.

Despite the fragmented and at times jarring composition, Olmi remains focused on the detailed lives of his characters, and their individual confrontations with unsettling questions about empathy, humanity, society and class.

35mm print courtesy of Cinecittà Luca.