The 15th Lavazza Italian Film Festival opens on 24 September, bringing a tasty slice of la dolce vita to Perth and Fremantle. Thanks to Palace Cinemas, locals can experience Italy's culture without leaving Australia. Running till 15 October, you can enjoy a line up of 35 show-stopping new features and documentaries and one glamorous classic.
MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Festival Director Elysia Zeccola-Hill returned with a list of top notch films from Italy to share with local fans, movie goers and the Italian community. This year's grand opening in Melbourne and Sydney was also attended by Italian screen goddess, Nadir Caselli. Here are some festival highlights to keep you glued to the cinema screen for the next few weeks.
Marina - The Festival opens with a gala night and the film 'Marina' on 24 September. Directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Stijn Conix and starring Matteo Simoni and Luigi Lo Cascio, 'Marina' follows the real life story of Granata, a Calabrian coal miner's son. It charts his early lie and rise to fame with the release of his 1959 song Marina, which became one of the biggest international hits of that era. Held at Cinema Paradiso, this special event include a pre-screening Lavazza coffee popcorn and gift bag valued at over $50. There is also an after-movie party with live entertainment, drinks from Enoteca Sileno and Peroni and ice cream from Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream.
MARINA / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
I Can Quit Whenever I Want - Directed by Sydney Sibilia and starring Edoardo Leo, Valeria Solarino, Valeria Aprea and Paolo Calabresi, this parody revolves round a group of under-employed but brilliant academics who turn to a life of crime in order to survive. It draws attention to the aftermath of the economic crisis in Italy and its impact on the middle-class.
I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
The South is Nothing - Directed by Fabio Mollo and starring Miriam Karlkvist, Vinicio Marchioni, Valentina Lodovini and Andrea Bellisario, this is a film about self discovery. 'The South is Nothing' revolves around a teenage tomboy who hasn't spoken a word since the death of her beloved brother. She runs away from home and finds herself on a quest to learn the truth about her lost sibling and ultimately herself.
THE SOUTH IS NOTHING / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Song of Napoli - L'aperitivo di Peroni and Enoteca Sileno present a special event on 1 October alongside the screening of this film at Luna on SX in Fremantle. 'Song of Napoli' is a parody of modern-day Naples and its criminal underworld. The comedy revolves around a nerdy and exceptionally talented piano player, who is reluctantly enlisted to go undercover and help capture a Camorra boss. You can enjoy pre-film reception from 6pm with live entertainment Napoletano-style and drinks from Peroni and Enoteca Sileno.
SONG OF NAPOLI / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Apart from dining at Jamie's Italian on William Street, the best way to brush up on your knowledge of Italian culture is to experience the best of cinema Italiano. Check out the Palace Cinema near you and let the Lavazza Italian Film Festival take you on a journey of Italy.