New Italian Cinema
Director of Gomorrah and Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s seven-time Nastro d’Argento award-winning live-action version of Pinocchio is an enthralling gothic fantasy starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter Geppetto. (excl. Melbourne)
Morricone Tribute Screening
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena, starring Monica Bellucci, is the unforgettable story of a boy's journey into manhood amid the chaos and intolerance of World War II.
Ferzan Ozpetek’s highly anticipated and award-winning new film explores long-term relationships that change over time and features an all-star cast including Stefano Accorsi, Edoardo Leo and Jasmine Trinca.
Pierfrancesco Favino delivers a powerhouse performance as Tommaso Buscetta, the Sicilian Mafia boss-turned-police informer, in Marco Bellocchio’s absorbing and multi award-winning crime drama.
Bold and dazzling, acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello’s award-winning drama Martin Eden provocatively transports Jack London’s 1909 novel about a self-taught and outspoken writer to a pivotal moment in Italy’s pre-war history.
New Italian Cinema
A desperate journalist enlists the aid of a seduction expert to regain his ex-girlfriend in a hilarious Neapolitan romantic comedy starring Giampaolo Morelli and Serena Rossi.
This dark tale set in a southern suburb of Rome and starring Cannes award-winner Elio Germano, sees tensions unfold in a small community during a sweltering summer.
A captivating psychological drama, featuring a stellar performance from Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Feel Your Memories follows a woman returning to her childhood home in 1990s Naples.
Fabio De Luigi, Edoardo Leo and Giampaolo Morelli star in crime comedy Golden Men, in which a group of desperate men in Turin attempt an armoured truck robbery.
Featuring an astonishing performance from Pierfrancesco Favino, Hammamet recounts the last year of controversial politician Bettino Craxi's life as he lived in exile following corruption charges.
Much-loved Italian comedians Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo star in a hilarious story of friendship in which three families accidentally book the same holiday rental and chaos ensues.
Driven by hilarious performances by Luca Zingaretti and Roberto Lipari, this comedy sees a student upending favouritism and corruption in his university with an app for students to rate their professors.
Comedy duo Ficarra & Picone star as a thief and a priest who are magically transported to year zero, Palestine, where they'll have to make sure that the birth of Jesus will follow its course.
A quietly impactful drama from newcomer Chiara Bellosi, Ordinary Justice examines the emotions behind the legal machinery at work in the courtroom following an attempted armed robbery.
Director of hit comedy Let Me Introduce You to Sofia Guido Chiesa returns with Say It Loud, where one woman’s quest to gain control over her life makes her unable to stop speaking her mind.
Giuseppe Battiston and Stefano Fresi star in The Big Step, a bittersweet tale of brotherhood, and believing in your dream, no matter how far-fetched it may seem.
A joyous and poignant family film about the fear of being judged, My Brother Chases Dinosaurs is inspired by a true story and stars Alessandro Gassmann and Isabella Ragonese.
In this modern-day fairy tale, a down on his luck theatre manager receives a strange inheritance – custody of two children, and discovers that one of them has amazing telekinetic powers.
Jasmine Trinca makes her directorial debut with the short film Being My Mum, starring Alba Rohrwacher and Maayane Conti, a mother and daughter’s journey through a deserted Rome.
Not screening in Melbourne due to delayed opening of Melbourne cinemas.