A Girl Returned: Film Screening and Q&A with Director Giuseppe Bonito (Oct. 5, 2023)


A Girl Returned: Film screening (96mins) followed by a Q&A with director Giuseppe Bonito
Moderated by Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair)
In Italian with consecutive interpretation by Lilia Pino Blouin

Thur. Oct. 5, 2023  5:30pm
Presentation Hall 1040 (School of Communication and Media) 


Adapted from a 2017 best-selling novel by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Giuseppe Bonito’s third feature (winner of the 2022 David di Donatello Award for Best Adapted Screenplay – script co-written by Donatella Di Pietrantonio and Monica Zapelli).) is an entrancing and emotionally precise meditation on childhood and family set in the summer of 1975. An adopted 13-year-old girl arrives at a farmstead, having been sent against her will to live with her birth family, whom she has never met before. Surrounded by strangers in a smaller, shabbier house than that of her wealthier adoptive parents, she must grapple with a new life in a new daily environment, as well as the feelings of abandonment brought on by her reunion with the family she never knew (source: Lincoln Center website).

Giuseppe Bonito is an Italian director best known for his work on films like Figli (2020), A Girl Returned (2021), Pulce non c’è (2012) and Bang Bang Baby (2022), a TV series.

On Fri. Oct. 6 at 9:45am, Bonito will meet with the students of the Honors class: “Narrating Adoption: Choice, Chance and Circumstance.” If interested in joining in the discussion of the film adaptation of the novel, please send an email to fiorete@montclair.edu

Organized and sponsored by the Inserra Endowed Chair in collaboration with the Honors Program and the Department of Social Work & Child Advocacy at Montclair State University.

Short link: http://tinyurl.com/AGirlReturned