Hobart residents who miss the sights and sounds of Festa Italia can rejoice with the upcoming Lavazza Italian Film Festival in October. While it doesn't offer street music, dancing, pizza and a spaghetti-eating competition, the annual film festival will serve up a tasty slice of la dolce vita and an experience of Italy's culture without taking a step out of Australia.
Nadir Caselli / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Festival Director Elysia Zeccola-Hill has returned from Italy with a line up of top movies to share with local fans, movie goers and the Italian community in Hobart. This year's grand opening in Melbourne and Sydney was also attended by Italian screen goddess, Nadir Caselli. From 16 to 22 October, you can 35 show-stopping new features and documentaries and one glamorous classic. Here are some festival highlights to keep you glued to the cinema screen throughout October.
MARINA / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Marina - The Festival opens with the premiere of 'Marina' on 16 October. This heart-warming film follows the real life story of Granata, a Calabrian coal miner's son who became a music sensation. It charts his early life 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 State Cinema, this special event include a pre-screening reception with wines courtesy of Enoteca Sileno and Italian finger food.
THE WONDERS / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
The Wonders - Directed by Alice Rohrwacher, this original and impressionistic family drama is about the onset of adulthood and the fading of old ways for a family of bee-keepers. The film is inspired by the director's own childhood in the countryside between Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. Don't miss this 2014 Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner which stars Italian screen goddess Monica Bellucci.
THOSE HAPPY YEARS / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Those Happy Years - This Italian drama film directed by Daniele Luchetti should evoke memories in viewers who remember the freedom-loving 1970s. 'Those Happy Years' revolves around a young family living through the era where soul-searching, feminism and self-liberation unravelled family bonds.
THE FIFTH WHEEL / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
The Fifth Wheel - This Forrest Gump-like tale directed by Giovanni Veronesi revolves around a none-too-bright but goodhearted and honest middle-class male who experiences Italy's ups and downs for over 46 years. Don't miss this irresistible romantic comedy which brings a bit of positive thinking to a 2013 Italy plagued by economic woes.
DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Darker Than Midnight - Screened in Critics' Week at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, this evocative drama is based in part on the life of drag artist Davide Cordova, who after a rough adolescence in Sicily, achieved fame on the Roman stage as the drag queen Fuxia.
THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer - This Italian comedy-drama film addresses the scourge of mafia kingpin Cosa Nostra in the 1970s to 1980s. The story revolves around a boy living in Palermo who like most of Sicily's population becomes aware and less tolerant of the mafia's murderous deeds.
MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE / Photo courtesy of Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Marriage Italian Style - Enoteca Sileno presents a special closing event alongside the screening of 'Marriage Italian Style' at State Cinema on 22 October. This Oscar-nominated classic from 1964 was digitally restored and premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Now everyone in Hobart can enjoy this timeless comedy starring the famed Sophia Loren, 50 years after its first release. You can enjoy a pre-film reception with wine from Enoteca Sileno.