Welcome to the home of film festivals in Australia and the biggest Italian Film Festival in the world outside Italy screening at Palace Cinemas from September.
We have listened to your requests and bring you a selection of Italy's biggest recent box office hits including Opening Night Selection WELCOME TO THE NORTH (Benvenuti al nord), the follow up to last year's opener, as well as several outstanding new dramas selected from the prestigious Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Rome film festivals.
With over 30 films we embrace some incredible stories and topical themes that yield a fascinating perspective on Italy and the inimitable style of la vita italiana including: Andrea Segre's award-winning gem SHUN LI AND THE POET (Io sono Li); acclaimed Italian-Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek's MAGNIFICENT PRESENCE (Magnifica presenza); Golden Globe-winning THE ENTREPRENEUR (L'industriale); Marco Tullio Giordana's highly anticipated PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY (Romanzo di una strage); the hit of the Rome Film Festival KRYPTONITE! starring Valeria Golino and Luca Zingaretti; Matteo Garrone's REALITY winner of this year's Grand Prix in Cannes; Guido Lombardi's impressive directorial debut DOWN THERE (Là-bas); comic book artist Gianni Pacinotti's surprising directorial debut THE LAST EARTHLING (L'ultimo terrestre); and Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Barbora Bobulova in the touching comedy TAKE IT EASY! (Scialla!).
Please join us at one of the many special events planned where, with the help of our wonderful sponsors, we celebrate Italian cinema, coffee, wine, aperitivi and musica as we recreate a little piece of Italy in our cinemas.
Elysia Zeccola Hill
Director, Lavazza Italian Film Festival