Launching the 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival at Opening Night Galas nationally will be The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place, Il Divo), which gained much praise at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival and tells the story of a celebrated, yet jaded journalist whose glittering, but empty lifestyle is instilled with fresh hope through the memories of a past love and the promise of one to come.
This Must be The Place is one of my personal favourites from the last few years and thus I am very excited for The Great Beauty.
Other highlights already announced include, Honey (Miele) (directed by Valeria Golino), officially selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2013; Salvo (Written/Directed by: Fabio Grassadonia & Antoni, Piazza), winner of Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival; and I Travel Alone (Viaggio sola), a comedy/drama which was nominated in 5 David di Donatello (Italian Academy Awards) categories, with Margherita Buy winning for Best Actress.
The 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will take place nationally at Palace Cinemas on the following dates:
VIC: 2 Oct to 27 Oct Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn & Palace Brighton Bay
QLD: 3 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
ACT: 8 Oct – 23 Oct Palace Electric
NSW: 9 Oct – 3 Nov Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema
WA: 10 Oct – 23 Oct Paradiso, Luna on SX
Byron: 11 Oct – 16 Oct Palace Byron Bay
SA: 22 Oct – 10 Nov Palace Nova Eastend
For updates, visit: http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/
The full programme will be launched at a later date.