Aug 062014

monica bellucci in the wonders

Bringing a dash of Mediterranean romance to 15 Palace locations from mid-September to late October, the Festival’s 15th annual outing will screen 33 new features and documentaries and one glamourous classic, showcasing the charisma of Italy’s most engaging actors.

Marina, an entertaining biopic that tells the true story of singer, songwriter and accordionist, Rocco Granata, will launch the 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Based on Granata’s early life, Marina charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his emergence as a musical phenomenon with the release of his 1959 song Marina. Marina is directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Stijn Conix (When the Light Comes, Daens), produced by the Dardenne brothers and stars Matteo Simoni as Granata.

Closing night film in each city will the Sophia Loren/Marcello Mastroianni classic Marriage Italian Style, which has been restored by Cineteca di Bologna, Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage and Memory Cinéma, 50 years after its first release.

Highlights include:

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | 2013 | 93 mins
The first documentary to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Rosi’s latest film reveals the sheer diversity of life bubbling around the margins of the 43.5-mile highway that encircles Rome.

Director: Fabio Mollo | 2013 | 86 mins
Starring: Miriam Karlkvist, Vinicio Marchioni, Valentina Lodovini & Andrea Bellisario
A teenage tomboy who hasn’t spoken a word since the death of her beloved brother runs away from home and finds herself on a quest to learn the truth about her lost sibling and, ultimately, herself.

Director: Daniele Luchetti | 2013 | 100 mins
Starring: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti & Martina Gedeck
Luchetti’s warm-hearted, bittersweet autobiographical account of his childhood as a budding filmmaker witnessing his parents’ tumultuous relationship.

The 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will take place nationally at Palace Cinemas on the following dates:

VIC: 17 Sept – 12 Oct Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton
Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Kino Cinemas
NSW: 18 Sept – 12 Oct Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street & Chauvel Cinema
ACT: 23 Sept – 15 Oct Palace Electric
WA: 24 Sept – 15 Oct Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX
QLD: 1 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Barracks & Palace Centro
SA 2 Oct – 22 Oct Palace Nova Eastend
BYRON 9 Oct – 15 Oct Palace Byron Bay
TAS: 16 Oct – 22 Oct State Cinema

For updates & information, head over to the festival’s official website:

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