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Italy | 2016 | 92 minutes | Michele Placido

This working woman's social thriller takes place during a tense meeting of textile factory worker representatives as they heatedly debate the pros and cons of management’s controversial new job-saving proposal.

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Workers' compensation, generational rivalries, and dignity of the human spirit weave together in this compelling drama about 11 female factory workers tasked with deciding their own fate. They find themselves torn between two choices that may, in the long run, offer the same outcome. Michele Placido's fact-based story tells of a longstanding Italian textile mill sold to a French conglomerate, a new ownership that asks the workers to sacrifice seven minutes of their break time to keep the factory open. But when sage Bianca, the 60-year-old elected leader of the workers' council, realizes that seven minutes from each worker equals 900 hours of free labor a month, they risk losing much more than next month's paychecks. These 11 women span a 40-year age gap and various citizenship statuses and beliefs, but all must find common ground in their plight as low-wage workers amid a crumbling macroeconomy beset with corporate greed. Their grip upon solidarity is the only way to steel themselves in a storm of personal and national socioeconomic pressures, making for a poignant film in Europe's broader political climate.

Director Biography

Italian director Michele Placido has gained recognition for the sheer number of projects he has worked on since his start as an actor in 1972, such as Lamerica (1994) and The Unknown Woman (2006). He made his debut as a director in 1990 with the romantic drama Tomato.

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  • Original Language Title: 7 Minuti
  • Director: Michele Placido
  • Principal Cast: Ottavia Piccolo, Ambra Angiolini, Cristiana Capotondi, Fiorella Mannoia, Maria Nazionale, Violante Placido
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: Italy, France, Switzerland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Producer: Federica Vincenti
  • Screenplay: Stefano Massini, Michele Placido
  • Cinematographers: Arnaldo Catinari
  • Editors: Consuelo Catucci
  • Music: Paolo Buonvino
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: FICE - Federazione Italiana Cinema d'Essai 2016 (Special Award)
  • Filmography: The Lookout (2013); Angel of Evil (2010); The Big Dream (2009); Crime Novel (2005); A Journey Called Love (2002); Of Lost Love (1998); Ordinary Hero (1995); Close Friends (1992); Tomato (1991)
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP