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CINEAPERITIVO > A Girl Returned (L’Arminuta)

With the participation of Donatella Di Pietrantonio,

author of the bestselling novel L’Arminuta, winner of the 2017 Premio Campiello Literary Award.


The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to introduce CINEAPERITIVO, a new film series featuring Italian contemporary cinema accompanied by an aperitivo and light refreshments.

The second film of the series is A Girl Returned (L’Arminuta), a film by Giuseppe Bonito based on the bestselling novel L’Arminuta by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, winner of the 2017 Premio Campiello Literary Award.



Free Admission, Limited space | Registration required



Dir.: Giuseppe Bonito
Italy/Switzerland, 2021, Drama, 110 min
In Italian with English subtitles


Summer 1975, a 13-year-old girl, suitcase in one hand and a bag of shoes in the other, knocks at an unknown door. Her sister Adriana opens it, her eyes wrinkled, her braids unraveled: they’ve never seen each other before. So begins the story of a teenager who lost everything overnight: a comfortable home, her closest friends, the unconditional love of her parents – or rather the people she believed were her parents. For “l’arminuta” as her peers called her, a new and very different life begins, from the adoptive family to her real one, going from wealth to poverty, both material and moral. Her new home is small, dark, there are brothers and sisters everywhere and little food on the table to share. But there’s Adriana, who shares a bed with her. And there’s Vincenzo, who looks at her as if she were already a woman.



After working for a long time as assistant director, in 2012 Giuseppe Bonito made his directing debut with the film Pulce non c’è which won the Special Jury Prize at the Rome Film Festival, in the Alice nella Città section. Bonito was nominated as best first-time director at the Nastri d’Argento awards. In 2020 he directed the movie Figli written by Mattia Torre–with Valerio Mastandrea and Paola Cortellesi. It won three Silver Ribbon awards for best comedy and best performance in a comedy film with Valerio Mastandrea and Paola Cortellesi.
A Girl Returned (L’Arminuta) is his third movie.


  • Organizzato da: Italian Cultural Institute SF