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A hot ticket item filled with the passion of Italian cinema, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is spreading itself across Sydney (11 Sep-7 Oct), Canberra (12 Sep-7 Oct), Melbourne (13 Sep-7 Oct), Adelaide (19 Sep-14 Oct), Brisbane (19 Sep-14 Oct), Perth (20 Sep-10 Oct) and Hobart (18-24 Oct). Channel your inner Italian and strap in for a wild, unforgettable ride. A stunning selection of great cinema awaits; dramas, comedies, documentaries, critically acclaimed films, laugh-out-loud crowd pleasers, special events and guest appearances.

Download the whole program here, so you can start planning how you're going to fit in 37 exquisite films, Q&As, panel discussions and more at this 19th festival. Check the website for all FAQs and details, and to purchase tickets. You can also do that directly from Palace cinemas, a 100% Australian-owned independent family business.

Special guests Valeria Solarino (There's No Place Like Home) and Lisa Camillo (Balentes - The Brave Ones) will be heading for Sydney and Melbourne for special Q&A screenings. In a star-studded festival highlight, Solarino is stranded at a family gathering when an unexpected storm hits the small island of Ischia in Italy. It's debatable whether the storm outside is stronger and more dangerous than the one inside. An Australian premiere, as is 2 other Solarino films: As Needed, a comedy, and I Can Quit Whenever I Want 3, an action, comedy.

An anthropologist, writer, producer and film director, Sardinian-Australian Camillo produces creative, unique and meaningful documentaries for cinema and television. Passionate and human rights-driven, she sends out a strong and honest visual message. Belentes weaves together a personal journey of belonging and getting a community to take back their beautiful island paradise. Exposing the unacceptable, follow Camillo as she uncovers a secret NATO mission that has devastating consequences that reaches far beyond to future generations.

Opening Night Gala event in every city, LORO is the most polemic film in Italy at the moment, and has been described as 'a sharply written look at the politician and the people attracted to his power - Variety'. That sums it up in a nutshell; magnificently delivered by Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino in a dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred look at life in Italy under modern Europe's most infamous politician. Split into two parts for its Italian release, you'll have a huge full epic sit-in of 150 minutes of unfettered wealth, debauchery and sex. Consider yourselves forewarned.

Closing Night film Suspiria, again in all cities, terrified audiences worldwide in 1977. This neon-soaked nightmare now returns as you head to a prestigious dance academy with student Suzy Bannion, to a school plagued by gruesome and supernatural happenings. The most famous Italian horror film of all time, give yourself up to the incomparable beauty and horror of this mysterious event.

Spaghetti Westerns as they were fondly known, you may remember the young Clint Eastwood who got a start to his long and impressive road to superstardom in A Fistful of Dollars. Who could forget the music that made a legend out of composer Ennio Morricone! Do you hear it playing in your ears right now? This film made the ailing Western 'cool' again. Eastwood, the man with no name, a laconic gunslinger for hire; those watchful eyes, that cigar. A definite must-see on the big screen of warring clans and a stranger's duplicity.

Six competing films vying for the Bvlgari Critic's Choice Award are Loro, Dogman, Happy as Lazzaro, Love and Bullets, Daughter of Mine and Euphoria. Don't miss this opportunity brought to your doorstep, of must-see highlights. The winning film will be announced via social media on Tuesday, 2 October. Only in its second year, the Award garners a cash prize from Palace Cinemas of AUD$10,000 and a custom-designed award by Bvlgari that recognises the rich contemporary storytelling and excellent filmmaking talent of Italian cinema. Get cracking on that 80-page program, as there's a lot to look forward to! Stay in touch and updated via the Festival's Facebook page. Relive amazing Festival Films over the years, through box sets available at Palace.

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Why? Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
When: 2018: SYD 11 Sept - 7 Oct; CAN 12 Sept - 7 Oct; MEL 13 Sept - 7 Oct; ADE 19 Sept - 14 Oct; BRIS 19 Sept - 14 Oct; PER 27 Sept - 17 Oct; HOB 18 Oct - 24 Oct
Where: Palace Cinemas, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart
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