A Steady Job


Italy, France, 2022, 75' 

Every month, hundreds of unemployed nurses travel from the south to the north of Italy in search of a permanent job; they leave to take a hopefully life-changing nursing exam that would allow achieving the sought-after economic stability. The positions available are actually very few; many will come back empty-handed, and will try their luck again later on. Two of these aspiring nurses have momentarily shelved their dreams and now organize overnight bus travels, an updated version of the journeys of hope that marked the first large Italian migration from the south to the north of the country.

Colombo’s and Matarrese’s film follows one of these lengthy itineraries and, along the way, tells the stories of those who expectantly get on board; those who leave their little children at home to be cared for; those who have understood that work is a sort of lottery and can’t help but play along. What emerges is a cruel and bitter portrait, with moments of fun, and sometimes amusing like its characters, of an impossible and yet persistent migration – an apparent move, in search of a dreamed but no less true life.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 07 Nov 2022
  • Time: 14:30


Spazio Alfieri
Spazio Alfieri - Via dell'Ulivo, 8, 50122 Florence
Mattia Colombo, Gianluca Matarrese


Mattia Colombo, Gianluca Matarrese

Gianluca Matarrese was born in Torino and moved to Paris to study cinema and theater. He has worked in French television, as a writer and director for its comedy series on OCS channels broadcast. In 2019 his documentary Fuori tutto (2019) won the award for Best Italian Documentary at the Torino Film Festival. His film La dernière séance (2021) won the Queer Lion at the Venice International Film Critics' Week. Mattia Colombo is Italian author and director. Many of his documentaries were selected in international festivals such as The Veil (2010) at the Visions du Réel, Trees that walk (2014) at Festival dei Popoli, I wanna sleep with you (2015) at the Cinéma du Réel and Biografilm Festival, The col (2016) at Visions du Réel. Colombo is currently developing a TV series, together with Valentina Cicogna and screenwriter Sandrone Dazieri.

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