Coming from a provincial family, Domenico arrives in Milan in search of a job. After undergoing a series of absurd physical and psychological tests, he is given the position of a lowly clerk in a corporate firm. Also applying for a job is Antonietta, who becomes the object of shy Domenico’s infatuation. However he finds little time to pursue any possible future with her, the pressures and working hours completely take over his private life. Domenico, a newcomer in Milan, becomes lonely as a result of these changes and is filled with anxiety over his future.
Il Posto was Ermanno Olmi’s first major work and its achievement was immediately heralded by a prize at the Venice Film Festival. Partially autobiographical, the film draws influences from neo-realism as well from Olmi's background making industrial short documentaries. A miniaturist devoted to the small and seemingly innocuous moments of life, Olmi’s intimate vision would subsequently influence the work of Abbas Kiarostami.
"Olmi's late neo-realist classic...Majestic predecessor of modern-day drone dramas like Office Space" - Village Voice
Cast & Credits: Loredana Detto / Sandro Panseri / Directed by Ermanno Olmi
Awards: British Film Institute Awards (1961), Won, Sutherland Trophy, Ermanno Olmi / David di Donatello Awards (1962), Won, David, Best Director / New York Film Critics Circle Awards (1963), 2nd place, Best Foreign Language Film / Venice Film Festival (1961), Won, Award of the City of Imola, Ermanno Olmi / Venice Film Festival (1961), Won, OCIC Award, Ermanno Olmi / Venice Film Festival (1961), Won, Pasinetti Award, Ermanno Olmi
Technical: 1961 / 93 minutes / Italian with English subtitles / Mono audio / 1.33 : 1 Black & White / DVD PAL Multi Region
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