The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace kicked off last night in Norton Street and was launched by the absolutely stunning, Megan Gale. The Australian actor and model has had a long love affair with Italy and it’s culture, having launched a career there in 1999. “Italian film is so beautiful to watch, very dramatic and personable. Italians are fantastic film makers and very passionate about the world of cinema”, says Megan.
The 2015 festival program of 32 titles offers audiences the chance to experience the elegance, beauty and boldness that is Italian cinema. The program will feature an exciting line up of brand new comedies, gripping dramas, romantic tales, crime thrillers, engaging documentaries and also ventures into experimental and fantasy cinema all as part of the festival’s 16th edition.
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This year, naming rights partner Lavazza are celebrating 120 years of unforgettable moments. Authentically Italian, Lavazza (available at all Palace Cinemas) have been mastering the art and science of coffee for four generations.
The 32 movies on offer include:
- GOD WILLING (SE DIO VUOLE) – a laugh out loud comedy starring the gorgeous Alessandro Gassman, Marco Giallini and Laura Morante which tells the story of an atheist surgeon with a God-complex, a charismatic priest, a dysfunctional family and an announcement that takes everyone by surprise!
- THE CONFORMIST (IL CONFORMISTA) – which will see the return to the big screen of acclaimed director Bernardo Bertolucci’s visually intoxicating art deco style adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel about an upper-class follower of Mussolini.
- PEREZ – Taking out the Best Actor award at the Italian Golden Globes for Luca Zingaretti, this gripping crime thriller depicts an urban wasteland, hiding the underbelly of organised crime through the filtered lens of the justice system.
- BLACK SOULS (ANIME NERE) – delving into the criminal world, this elegant, seething and expertly-directed, award-winning thriller by Francesco Munzi is a timeless and powerful tale about the challenges of breaking cycles of crime and violence.
- AN ITALIAN NAME (IL NOME DEL FIGLIO) – Winner of multiple Best New Director awards is Francesca Archibugi’s AN ITALIAN NAME (IL NOME DEL FIGLIO). Featuring an all-star cast of Alessandro Gassmann, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Rocco Papaleo, Micaela Ramazzotti, the film presents an engrossing warning against buried resentment, and a plea not to forget hopes and dreams of the past.
- LATIN LOVER – a charming and amusing new comedy from acclaimed writer/director Cristina Comencini which tells the story of the life and secrets of the great Italian star Saverio Crispo, a “Latin Lover” played seductively by Francesco Scianna.
- THE LEGENDARY GIULIA (NOI E LA GIULIA) – Winner of the Best Comedy at the Italian Golden Globes in 2015, THE LEGENDARY GIULIA (NOI E LA GIULIA) by Roman actor/director Edoardo Leo brings a fantastic cast together to tell the story of three down-on-their-luck men who meet by chance and decide to combine forces and risk everything to start a Bed and Breakfast.
- DO YOU SEE ME? (SCUSATE SE ESISTO!) – This warm-hearted, comedic gem stars Paola Cortellesi and Raoul Bova and delivers laugh-out-loud moments to celebrate the importance of individual value and being true to oneself.
- MIA MADRE – is the lively and brilliantly absurd comic clash from veteran director Nanni Moretti featuring John Turturro and an award winning performance from Margherita Buy as an unhinged filmmaker dealing with a personal crisis.
- UNIQUE BROTHERS (FRATELLI UNICI) – a delightful comedy about family and second chances starring handsome duo Raoul Bova as a man suffering memory loss, and Luke Argentero as his irresponsible younger brother.
- A FAIRYTALE WEDDING (UN MATRIMONIO DA FAVOLA) – a whirlwind of comedic misunderstandings arise when four high school friends reconnect years later at a lavish wedding.
- PIZZA AND DATES (PITZA E DATTERI) – shot entirely within the canals of Venice, this playful comedy focuses on cultural exchanges and integration as a community of Muslims search for a new location for their mosque.
- SOAP OPERA – kooky tenants of an apartment block experience a sudden and shocking situation when they let their private lives, past secrets and crazy passions intervene.
- SO FAR SO GOOD (FINO A QUI TUTTO BENE) – a touching comedy that that brings together five fantastic young actors who play university graduates facing important life choices.
- ITALY IN A DAY (UN GIORNO DA ITALIANI) – Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores experiment portrays Italy though the eyes of Italians exposing the hopes and fears through a collage of 632 videos sent from all over Italy in a touching mosaic of life in Italy.
- TALE OF TALES (IL RACCOTO DEI RACCONTI) – featuring an all star cast of Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel, John C.Riley, Shirley Henderson and Hayley Carmichael. Not for the faint hearted, the film delves into the depths of the human psyches in a delicious dream-like visual feast brimming with imagination and mischief.
- THE DEVIL’S SOUP (LA ZUPPA DEL DEMONIO) – Italy’s industrial miracles of the twentieth century are explored in Davide Ferrario’s insightful documentary THE DEVIL’S SOUP (LA ZUPPA DEL DEMONIO), through an impressive range of 100 years of archival footage.
- WONDROUS BOCCACCIO (MARAVIGLIOSO BOCCACCIO) – where love triumphs over death in veteran filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s reinterpretation of Giovanni Boccaccio’s classic The Decameron.
- WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE (MA CHE BELLASORPRESA) – a classic romantic comedy of errors from the master Alessandro Genovese, about a jilted hopeless romantic who is surprised when he is given a second chance for love.
- A WOMAN AS A FRIEND (UNA DONNA PER AMICA) – a hilarious romcom from Giovanni Veronesi, the director of box office sensation MANUAL OF LOVE, starring French model/actress Laetitia Casta and Fabio De Luigi.
- CHLORINE (CLORO) – Coming-of-age is explored in CHLORINE (CLORO) the assured debut feature from director Lamberto Sanfelice.
- SHORT SKIN – a surprising pleasure and profound drama that perfectly interweaves family drama and cheeky comedy.
- ITALO – a charming tale for all ages that depicts the life-altering friendship between an extraordinary dog and a lonely child.
- GREENERY WILL BLOOM AGAIN (TORNERANNO I PRATI) – made with devastating simplicity and painful realism, auteur Ermanno Olmi demonstrates he is among Italy’s most masterful and humanistic directors as he evokes the terrors of war in a short but stunningly effective hypnotising film capturing a single snowy night on World War I’s Italian front.
- PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SUNNY SPELLS (TEMPO INSTABILE CON PROBABILI SCHIARITE) – a warm-hearted comedy with a conscience about generation clashes, new horizons and an oil discovery in a small town starring Luca Zungaretti, John Turturro and Pasquale Petrolo.
- MAFIA & RED TOMATOES (LA NOSTRA TERRA) – based on the real-life work of the Libera association, this recent box-office hit tackles the issue of mafia power over communities with redemptive joy and a smile.
- THE DINNER (I NOSTRI RAGAZZI) – multi award winning THE DINNER (I NOSTRI RAGAZZI) follows the moral struggle facing two wealthy brothers and their wives in this gripping adaptation on the Dutch best-seller by Herman Koch.
- ORIANA (L’ORIANA) – from Italian Golden Globe-winning director Marco Turco, about the life of Italian journalist and writer Oriana Fallaci who gave up everything in pursuit of her career.
- LEOPARDI (IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO) – an applauded and engrossing historical drama about the talent and struggle of Italy’s greatest 19th-century poet Giacomo Leopardi, a radical thinker and philosopher who produced inspiring works and intelligent prose that have influenced countless others, played by Elio Germano (Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival 2010).
- MONTEDORO – after the death of her adoptive parents, an American women journeys to Montedoro, a remote Italian town in southern Italy, hoping to discover her true origins in this haunting and poetic film.
- ANOTHER SOUTH (UNA STORIA SBAGLIATA): in this brave drama starring Isabella Ragonese (La Nostra Vita) director Gianluca Maria Tavarelli transports us to the Iraqi combat zone following a young Sicilian women through a complex tapestry of flashbacks as she searches for answers.
- LAND OF SAINTS (LA TERRA DEI SANTI) – offers powerful insight into the often unacknowledged females participating in the male-dominated tug-of-war between mafia rings and the law.
Exclusive to Palace Cinema locations, the Festival will take place nationally from September in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Hobart.
Tickets are now on sale through www.italianfilmfestival.com.au
LISTING DETAILS: 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace
NSW Tue 15 September – Sun 11 Oct Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street & Chauvel Cinema
VIC Wed 16 September – Sun 11 October Palace Cinema Como, The Astor Theatre, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Kino Cinemas
SA Thu 17 September – Wed 07 October Palace Nova Eastend
ACT Tue 22 September – Sun 11 October Palace Electric
WA Thu 24 September – Wed 14 October Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX
QLD Thur 1 October – Sun 18 October Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
BYRON Fri 18 September – Sun 27 September Palace Byron Bay
HOBART Thu 15 October – Thu 21 October State Cinema