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Celluloid and Paper / 5 is the Perfect Number


Celluloid and Paper
Screening series



The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago presents a series of screenings dedicated to the theme of film adaptations, inspired by Italian books, between classics and new publications, available at our library. The initiative takes place in conjunction with the upcoming reopening of the Institute’s library, recently renewed with the introduction of hundreds of new titles and thematic sections.

5 is the Perfect Number
Directed by Igor Tuveri aka Igort
2019, 100”, Italian with English subtitles
In-person screening

Peppino Lo Cicero is a retired hitman, proud of the career of his son Nino, who also works for a criminal family. When his son, sent on a mission in the heart of Naples, is gunned down in an ambush, Peppino feels that the family has betrayed him, that something has broken in the ancient pact of loyalty that regulated the old underworld. He calls Totò, known as o’ Macellaio, a friend from the past, a hitman like him, to find the man behind the crime and settle the score. They meet at the old weapons cache to figure out what to do. It will be there that Peppino will find Rita, called ‘a Maestrina, the woman who has always loved him and who immediately offers to help. The peace of retired life seems a distant memory. First the two old hitmen will go, as the rule prescribes, to see their boss Don Guarino. From here begins the settlement of scores. Thrown back into an endless spiral of violence, Peppino will be forced to reconsider the meaning of a life devoted to crime and the values that govern it.

Adaptation from the graphic novel “5 is the Perfect Number” by Igort

Borrowing and consultation at the library of the Institute is free of charge, with a deposit. Members of the Italian Cultural Institute have access to two free ebooks per month, downloadable from Media Library Online, and the right to check out books from the library without deposit.

Free and open to the public.  Doors open at 5:30pm CT.

Reservation no longer available

  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago