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Cinema Italiano Festival: Ignorance Is Bliss

Cinema Italiano Festival: Ignorance Is Bliss

Drug use, offensive language, nudity

Genre: Comedy
Director: Massimiliano Bruno
Cast: Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassman, Valeria Bilello, Caroline Crescentini, Teresa Romagnoli

Ernesto (Marco Giallini) is a tech-phobic high school Italian teacher (he’s the proud owner of a Nokia from 1995), and this attitude is reflected in his relationship with his students – cut-off, distant and austere. Filipo (Alessandro Gassman) on the other hand is newly arrived, a cheerful, open-minded mathematics teacher who’s never not connected online. Highly social, he loves taking selfies with his students and encourages them to jump online whenever a question comes up they can’t answer.

Their enmity is not only due to their different teaching styles. The men have known each their whole lives, but when Ernesto and Filipo fell for the same woman, Marianna, their friendship was torn apart. When Marianna’s daughter turns up to their school, Ernesto will have to learn to connect and Filipo will have to learn to disconnect in order to build a relationship with her.


Original title: Beata Ignoranza

Runtime: 102 mins

Screening: Fri 27 July at 6pm

Adults $17.50, Italian Club Members $15, Seniors $12.50

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