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Italian Film Festival 2020

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The 21st Italian Film Festival, presented by Palace, returns to cinema screens nationally this September, showcasing a superb selection of the best new films from Italy.

Screening in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay (in socially-distanced settings) and in Melbourne once conditions permit.


Opening this year's festival is the award-winning live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale Pinocchio, directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah and Dogman) and starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter Geppetto.

Other highlights from the 2020 festival program include Marco Bellocchio's multi award-winning crime drama The Traitor (Il traditore), which was the big winner at Italy's 65th David di Donatello Awards - the country's equivalent of the Oscars.

There will also be Special Presentations of Ferzan Ozpetek's award-winning new film The Goddess of Fortune (La dea fortuna), which features an all-star cast including Stefano Accorsi, Edoardo Leo and Jasmine Trinca; and Martin Eden from acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello.

The Goddess of Fortune

Plus, audiences can escape to an Italian summer in comic trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo's hilarious tale of friendship I Hate Summer (Odio l'estate), in which three families accidentally book the same holiday rental.

With heartfelt dramas and hilarious comedies, this year's festival is set to transport cinemagoers to some amazing locations including Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cernobbio and Morocco. Never has there been a better time to escape to the cinema!


The Italian Film Festival is presented by Palace screens in the following locations:

  • Sydney: 29 Sept 18 Oct, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

  • Melbourne: *TBA, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Kino Cinemas, The Astor Theatre

  • Canberra: 1 Oct 18 Oct, Palace Electric Cinemas

  • Brisbane: 1 Oct 18 Oct, Palace Barracks and Palace James Street

  • Adelaide: 29 Sept 13 Oct, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

  • Perth: 1 Oct 14 Oct, Palace Raine Square, Luna on SX and Leederville

  • Byron Bay: 2 Oct 14 Oct, Palace Byron Bay
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    I am currently reading 'Pinocchio' written in Italian for primary school students.
    A good friend gave me the book when I told her I was re-learning the native tongue of my northern Italian immigrant parents.
    'Pinocchio' has been a favourite read since childhood, when I received the book as a birthday gift from my Australian 'surrogate grandparents'. I never knew my Italian grandparents as they were in Italia.
    I look forward to seeing some of the movies featured in this article. Grazie!
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