(L’albero degli zoccoli, Ermanno Olmi, Italy 1978, 186 min., DCP, Italian w/subtitles)
Labor Film Series. Ermanno Olmi, who died last year at age 86, was one of Italy’s most prolific directors but underappreciated in the United States. This film reflects his deep understanding of the rhythms of life and labor of northern Italy’s peasants and his commitment to them. Winner of the Palme d’Or in 1978, the film depicts the seasonal cycle of work on a small farm in late nineteenth-century Lombardy, capturing in rich detail the social structure and events that shape the characters, movingly portrayed by non-actors.
The film will be introduced by Dr. Elisabetta Sanino D'Amanda, Coordinator of Italian Language Program, Rochester Institute of Technology.