The Interval/L’intervallo

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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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2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

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Aug 282013


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:

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2012 Line-up Announced

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Aug 242012

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The full line-up has been announced and tickets are now on sale for the 13th annual LavAzza Italian Film Festival. Starting in Melbourne on September 19, the festival will hold over 1300 screenings across five major Australian cities. Showcasing over 30 films sourced from festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Rome and Venice – the festival is sure to have something for everyone.

The festival will open with Welcome to the North, the follow-up from the highly successful and well-received Welcome to the South which opened the festival in 2011. The festival will close with director Woody Alan’s latest film To Rome with Love.

Other highlights include the beautiful and moving Taviani brothers film Caesar Must Die, which won the Golden Bear Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival (my review of the film can be viewed (here); Marco Tullio Giordana’s highly anticipated Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy; Cannes Grand Prix winning Reality directed by award-winning film-maker Matteo Garrone; and quirky ghost tale Magnificent Presence.


The full programme can be viewed here, and information about tickets can be found here.


Melbourne:  19 Sept to 9 Oct
Palace Cinema Como, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Kino Cinemas, Palace Westgarth

Sydney:  20 Sept to 10 Oct
Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema

Brisbane: 3 to 21 Oct
Palace Barracks, Palace Centro

Perth: 11 to 24 Oct
Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX

Adelaide: 11 to 28 Oct
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Canberra: 28 Nov to 12 Dec
Palace Electric Cinema

For more information, please visit the festival’s website: