At this launch event, we were treated to some wines as well as a cheese and antipasti station. We were also given a grazing box of goodies from Italian Artisans, including more antipasti, cheese, pickles and sweets. It was a lovely touch to the Italian theme and a great way to immerse yourself in traditional Italian culture.
Goodies by Italian Artisans will be available at some special event screenings.
The program features 37 features and 2 short films - a lot to choose from! Make sure to set aside some time to peruse the program - printed brochures are available to pick up from Palace Cinemas or you can browse online here.
We enjoyed a screening of an Australian premiere at this media preview, titled Boys Cry, directed by brothers Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo. It also won Best First Film at the 2018 Nastri d'Argento Awards, an annual Italian movie award - supposedly the oldest cinema award in Europe.
Boys Cry - image courtesy of the film festival website
I personally haven't seen that many Italian films, but it was interesting to see one that didn't focus on a lavish life in the countryside.
Instead, this film focused on two boys who live in a socio-economically challenging life on the outskirts of Rome. It follows their journey from delivering pizzas to meddling with Italy's gangs and the underworld.
It touches on dark subjects and explores morals with no background music and intense silences. If you love crime-thrillers, take a look at the trailer below.
If you're like me and quite indecisive, or you're just a big a film buff, you can also purchase multi-film passes. See the full list of venue and prices here.
It's not too late to start planning as it convenient runs for several weeks across multiple venues. Sometimes, a fun way to discover a new film is just to pick a date that you're free and watch what's on - you might just discover your next favourite film!
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival finishes on 7th October with prices ranging from $14-$21.50 for individual tickets. Group discounts are also available. Find out more here.