The Working Class Goes to Heaven

  • Dir: Elio Petri

  • Italy, 1971, 125minmins

  • Cast: Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato

Petri ventures fearlessly into Kafka territory with this film, which he once described as “propaganda” for the proletariat. Lulu (Volontè) is a highly productive machine operator at a manufacturing plant, where employees sweat under questionable safety conditions, company managers show little regard for their staff, union leaders’ loyalties are often at odds with the workers they represent, and activists denounce the laborers’ slave-like treatment. After Lulu is injured on the job and laid off, he goes through a radical political awakening. More somber than Petri’s other films, the film delivers caustic observations on workers’ rights, corporate greed and the triviality of consumerism.

1972 Cannes Film Festival, Palme d’Or



    In-theatre Screening

    • 2016-09-17 (Sat)
      2016-10-20 (Thu)


    1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

    2. Screenings at ALL commercial cinemas: Tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

    3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre: Tickets are available at URBTIX until one hour before the screening, after which remaining tickets will be sold only at the door.

    4. Screenings at M+ Cinema: No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets will be available at URBTIX website or mobile app only. Ticketing services for respective screening will not be available after the screening begins.

    5. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.