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A taste of Italy comes to Adelaide
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival is screening around the country throughout October and November. The SA leg of the festival is showing at the Palace Nova Eastend cinemas from 22nd October to 11th November with a total of 26 contemporary Italian films.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a taste of what's in store for Festival goers by attending the media launch which included refreshing Limoncello cocktails and delicious antipasti. This was followed by the preview screening of the movie Honey (Miele) by celebrated actress Valeria Golino in her directorial debut. In this multilayered drama, Irene (Jasmine Trinca) plays an 'angel of mercy' (going by the pseudonym Honey) who works outside the law to assist the terminally ill with a peaceful and dignified death.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide The Great Beauty A Five Star Life Mr Volare: The story of Domenico Modugno Fellini's Roma movies Adelaide
Jasmine Trinca (as Honey) spends a lot of her life in airports due to the nature of her work. Image courtesy Italian Film Festival website.


Honey is an idealist, and risking arrest, goes about her work with conviction and grace. One gets the impression from her casual relationships that she is afraid of intimacy and commitment. However when retired architect Carlo (Carlo Cecchi) enlists her services, and she discovers he is merely depressed and tired of life rather than terminally ill, she is forced to reconsider her work in a new light. A tender relationship gradually develops between the two as Honey breaks down the walls that the cold and terse Carlo has constructed around him.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide Honey (Miele) Jasmine Trinca Carlo Cecchi
Honey befriends retired architect Carlo. Image courtesy Italian Film Festival website.


Honey begins questioning her own morals and ethics and those of her business partner as her line of work takes its toll on her lifestyle and relationships. For such a confronting subject matter this movie is surprisingly engaging. The gentle pace of the film never becomes labored; the solid performances and captivating storyline keep the viewer interested for the entire 96 minutes duration. Some of the 'end of life' scenes are heart-wrenching and handled beautifully by both cast and Director.

If this movie is anything to go by for the rest of the Festival, then film aficionados will be in for a treat.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide Ben Hur
I am looking forward to seeing the comical 'Ben Hur' which is based on a hit play and chronicles the adventures of an out of work stuntman who makes ends meet by dressing as a Centurion outside the Colosseum.


1. The Festival Program

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival will be showcasing the best of Italian films for 2013. You can check out the festival program here. There will also be several special events giving you a chance to indulge in some Italian-inspired cuisine, drinks and entertainment before enjoying the best films of the festival.

2. Tickets

Tickets for the Lavazza Italian Film Festival can be purchased online here (booking fees apply). You can avoid booking fees by buying tickets at box offices from 11am-8:30pm daily until sold out. Surcharges for credit cards will apply.

Costs to see any one of the movies are:
15.50 (Palace movie Club members), $20 (adult) or $17 (concession).

The Special Events will cost more to attend, see below.

Multi-film purchase costs:
5 film pass for $70 (Palace movie Club members) or $85 (general admission).
10 film pass $135 (Palace movie Club members) or $165 (general admission).
Group bookings and vouchers are also available.

3. Special Events

The Opening Night Gala on Tuesday 22nd October will premiere the evocative, hypnotic tale The Great Beauty, a popular film at Cannes this year. Enjoy appetizers and Brown Brothers wine before the movie, a gift bag valued at over $50 and entry to the official after party with cocktails, Peroni beer, Brown Brothers wine, live entertainment and much more!

Tickets: $60 (for Palace movie Club members) or $65 for general admission.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty stars Toni Servillo as Jep, a charismatic 65yo journalist who lives a hedonistic, after-dark existence in his beloved city of Rome. Image courtesy Italian Film Festival website.


Elegant Escapes: A Five Star Life on Sunday 27th October will feature the clever and stylish dramatic comedy A Five Star Life, nominated for five awards including a win for best actress.

Tickets: $24 (Palace movie Club members) or $28 (general admission).
The ticket price includes a pre-film reception with drinks courtesy of Peroni and Brown Brothers, tempting Italian treats and live entertainment.

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide A Five Star Life
A Five Star Life stars Margherita Buy as workaholic Irene, a hotel reviewer who leads a glamorous, jet-setting life. A series of events force her to confront the glaring imperfections in her life including work-life balance and the lack of intimate relationships. Image courtesy Italian Film Festival website.


Mr Volare: An Afternoon of Musica on Sunday 10th November will showcase the movie Mr Volare: The story of Domenico Modugno. The screening will be in two parts of 100 minutes and is a tribute to the late, great singer, songwriter and movie star, who charmed the world in the 50's and 60's with his beautiful voice. Enjoy pre-film drinks courtesy of Brown Brothers and live music in the flavour of the great Domenico Modugno.

Tickets: $28 (Palace movie Club members) or $33 (general admission).

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide Mr Volare The story of Domenico Modugno
Mr Volare: The story of Domenico Modugno charts the incredible journey of the boy from the south of Italy who became the symbol of Italian grandeur of the 60's with some of the world's most recognizable songs. Image courtesy Italian Film Festival website.


The Closing Night Event on Monday 11th November features the classic Italian piece of cinema Fellini's Roma (Roma). An appropriate farewell to the festival, this 1972 poetic drama is a grand homage to Rome's street life by one of Italy's most celebrated directors. To celebrate this event, enjoy a pre-film reception with Pallini Limoncello cocktails and Connoisseur ice cream, along with live entertainment.

Tickets: $28 (Palace movie Club members) or $33 (general admission).

Lavazza Italian Film Festival Palace Nova Eastend cinema Adelaide Fellini's Roma movies Adelaide
The original movie poster for Roma. This semi-autobiographical film charts director Federico Fellini's move from his native Rimini to vibrant Rome as a youth in 1931. Contrasts life in wartime fascist Rome with that of the 1970's as Fellini returns to the city to make a movie. Image courtesy ask.com website.


The Lavazza Italian Film Festival promises to be one of the highlights of the year for discerning Adelaide cinema goers. Don't miss out!
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*James Newcombe was invited as a guest
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Why? To see the best of Italian cinema for 2013
When: 22nd October to 11th November 2013
Phone: (08) 8232 3434
Where: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
Cost: Varies
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"Limoncello cocktails and delicious antipasti".
Mmm! When is their re-launch :)
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