Viva Italia! Running from the 1 st to the 18th of October, Palace Cinemas will once again play host to the annual Lavazza Italian Film Festival, promising to showcase some of the most beautiful cinema Italy has to offer. In its sweet 16th year the festival will be tail-ended by the Italian Oscar winning ‘God Willing’, a fresh and elegant slice of hilarity, and the restoration of the classic ‘The Conformist’, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-nominated political thriller that has been digitally restored for audience s both familiar and unversed to enjoy.
With more than 30 titles to enjoy, the Italian Film Festival has no shortage of selection for cinema goers eager to experience the finest Italian titles on offer. For those craving some thrills in the vein of a classic John Grisham novel, ‘Perez.’ is the perfect starter with its gritty look at the underbelly of organised crime. Starring Italian Golden Globe winner Luca Zingaretti as the titular character, the film promises to captivate audiences as it details the life of a tough prosecutor who must alter his moral code when his daughter falls for the son of a Mafioso, forcing him to become as corrupt as the criminals he represents.
Exploring how tragedy can bring forth the hidden character of those you think you know best, the psychological drama ‘The Dinner’ stands as one of t his year’s best offerings for those who like to be simultaneously entertained and challenged. Set against the oft elegant and gritty backdrop of Rome, the film slowly unravels as a duo of brothers sit down to dinner with their respective wives only to discover that a recent act of brutal criminality may have been performed by their children, evoking deep-seated jealousy and hatred from the siblings.
For something lighter ‘The Legendary Giulia’ is a s mart option for anyone looking to escape during the festival and the Italian countryside seems like a safe place to start – or so you’d think! Three m en going through a mid-life crisis, one Giulia 1300 Al fa Romeo, and the unflinching mob presence that dominates the area the trio have opted to start a bed and breakfast all come together in this simple laughter that aims for consistent humor over laugh- out-loud set-pieces.
These sublime titles are just the tip of what the festival has to offer, not to mention the mid-festival affair of the notorious ‘Latin Lover’, a charming comedy about a legendary ladies man and the daughters he had from five separate relationships who come together on the anniversary of his death to piece together the life of the man they only knew as an icon in the entertainment industry. Screening on October 7th with Mitchelton wines, Peroni beer, Italian delicacies and live music as pre premiere entertainment, the Italian Film Festival guarantees its guest will feel welcome on any given night.
For more information on prices and ticketing please visit italianfilmfestival.com.au.