Italy is place of vibrant people, picturesque locations and intriguing stories. These qualities are no more highlighted then they are at the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Running from the 13 of September to the 1st of October, the Italian Film Festival is a celebration of amazing cinema sourced from a diverse and exquisite country. Lined up this year are 28 different films that explore Italian culture, history, art and the fantastic stories from the most talented filmmakers of the country.
The Centrepiece for this year's festival, amongst many other outstanding films, is Indivisible, written and directed by Edoardo De Angelis. This is De Angellis's 2nd appearance in the Italian Film Festival with his first entry being the crime, thriller Perez from LIFF15. De Angelis has more than outdone himself with this follow up, Indivisible. Taking his superb storytelling to the next level, Indivisible has won 25 awards from the David di Donatellos, the Golden Ciaks, the Italian Golden Globes as well as many others. De Angelis's is assisted by a talented cast that build and develop characters that are all striking in the way that they are presented.
From Massimiliano Rossi, playing the greedy, low life father of the two main characters, and Antonia Truppo, an award winning performance of a substance abusing mother who takes a backseat to the dysfunction around her. The stand out performance however has to go to the real life sisters Angela and Marianna Fontana. Together they play Daisy and Viola, conjoined twin sisters who are literally joined at the hip. Together they deliver an overwhelming presentation of two girls who do everything together and are connected in more ways than one while individually being two very distinctive and separate women.
Conjoined twin sisters Viola and Daisy played by Marianna and Angela Fontana
Indivisible follows Daisy, Viola and their family as they perform at children's birthdays, functions and church gatherings. The highlight of the show being the twins on vocals. While having serene voices they are more celebrated for how they were born. The twins perform with their father, mother and two uncles, going from show to show as a family business. A chance encounter with a doctor at the church reveals that the sisters can in fact be safely separated.
This produces a conflict and things begin to unravel as headstrong Daisy is desperate to have the surgery and live her life as an individual while the more content Viola is afraid of how things will be if they do separate. In addition to this the sisters begin to realise how they have been exploited by those around them. Their father, the church and music industry figureheads are all against the idea of them separating, instead wanting to continue using their condition to serve their own ends. The film follows the girls as they continue to seek help realising that they only have each other.
Indivisible is a heartfelt coming of age story of two girls who support each other against all the hypocrisy, selfishness and greed that surrounds them. The bond between the two girls is remarkable and a stark contrast to the crumbling world around them. Both actors do an amazing job of painting girls who, while connected, are different in so many ways.
Indivisible is a fantastic film which is built from solid storytelling and pacing as well as strong performances from all the cast involved. De Angelis showcases his abilities to produce emotion and drama in his films. Your attention is forever pulled along by your heartstrings, building a deep understanding of the trials and hardships the girls go through. His pacing and sound is expertly used with a precision that always has you feeling and responding in the right moments. This is especially evident in the second to last scene of the film which I won't give away for you readers.
Indivisible is well deserving of the Centrepiece spot at this year's Lavazza Italian Film Festival. It will be showing multiple times at the Nova Palace Cinema between September 13th to October 1st. It is one of six films this year to be entered in the festivals first Bulgari Critics' Choice Award and is perfect to cap off what is promising to be a must-see festival. For more information on session times and pricing please visit the website here. Screening on Opening Night is the comedy "Let yourself go!" Which will be accompanied by drinks on arrival and an afterparty involving Italian food and music. Hope to see you there.