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:

SACRO GRA
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.

THE SOUTH IS NOTHING (IL SUD È NIENTE)
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.

THOSE HAPPY YEARS (ANNI FELICI)
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: http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au

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Oct 022013
 

When local lemon ice seller Salvatore, or Toto as he is nicknamed, is “asked” by the local mobsters to watch over Veronica for the day, he isn’t particularly pleased, but he doesn’t really a choice. What has this Veronica done? And why the need to lock both of them in a dilapidated warehouse? My review of The Interval (L’intervallo) after the jump.

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Aug 282013
 

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Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival, the 14th season of the event, which this year consists of 27 new titles and one superb classic.

This year’s event will be book-ended by two extraordinary films, both of which pay homage to Rome, the eternal city.  Starring the incomparable Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty, a critically lauded drama about love and regret from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be the Place) will launch the Festival at Opening Night Galas in each state.  Closing the festival is  the 1972 gem Fellini’s Roma – a gloriously vivid valentine, from the late, great director, Federico Fellini, to the city he adored

Other highlights include:

*Honey (Miele) – Director: Valeria Golino. Officially selected for Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2013, this finely tuned drama is the outstanding directorial début of internationally famed actress Valeria Golino.

*The Human Cargo (La nave dolce) – Director: Daniele Vicari. Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, it details a little known, but extraordinary event. On 8 August 1991 the ship Vlora returned to Armenia from Cuba with 10,000 tons of sugar in stowage. The local residents – an uncontrollable throng of some 20,000 men, women and children – took advantage of what appeared to be a rare opportunity and forced the Captain to take them to a new life in Italy.

*Balancing Act (Gli equilibristi) – Director: Ivano De Matteo. When husband and father of two Giulio upsets his comfortable life by having an affair, his wife Elena cannot forgive him. He decides to move out but promises that he will continue to support the family financially despite his meagre monthly salary. Valerio Mastandrea took home the Best Actor award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival for this his performance as Giulio.
 
 
The 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will take place nationally at Palace Cinemas as follows:

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 – 3 Nov Palace Electric

NSW: 9 Oct – 3 Nov Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne

WA: 10 Oct – 23 Oct Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX

Byron: 11 Oct – 20 Oct Palace Byron Bay

SA: 22 Oct – 11 Nov Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

 

To view the programme & to book tickets, visit the official festival website: http://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/

Jul 192013
 

La-grande-Belleza

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.