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The Goddess of Fortune - Film Review (St. Ali Italian Film Festival 2020)

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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An engaging and deep family film - 4/5 Stars
Everything Italian has a colour to it, a vibrancy, a passion. Some more subtle than others but whenever you experience something genuinely Italian you know it's made with love. Italian films are no exception to this and always display a devotion and artistry to their craft. With cinemas back into the swing of it and things returning to normal it's good it to see a return of the International films that Palace Nova love and support so much.

Next on the Film Festival calendar is the St. Ali Italian Film Festival. A superb selection has been put together with works from the best filmmakers and the amazing stories Italy has to offer. The first of these I've been able to get my hands on is The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna). This is as heartwarming a story as you can get with plenty of intricacies thrown in to craft the emotional roller coaster.

The film follows the relationship of Arturo (Stefano Accors) and Alessandro (Edoardo Leo). A relationship like any other, with its fair share of complications. Things become ever tenser when the couples' long-time friend Annamaria (Jasmine Trinca) comes to visit with her two young children. Annamarie is suffering from constant headaches and leaves the two children with her friends while she's admitted to hospital.

The Goddess of Fortune is elaborate in its construction. Written and Directed by one of Italy's most successful filmmakers, Ferzan Ozpetek (Naples in Veils, Facing Windows), everything in The Goddess of Fortune has a vibrant character and charm to it. Every character, no matter how minor, has a distinct and meaningful personality. Every scene, every interaction helps drive these relationships and emotions. Ozpetek is an efficient filmmaker. There are no wasted words or frames. Straight from the first scene, Ozpetek plants the seeds of the cracks to Arturo and Alessandro's relationship and the darkness that lies in Annamarie's past. Everything is a web of relationships and emotion that builds into a crescendo that conveys just how entangled our lives can be, how this entanglement can weave into other peoples lives and how other can get caught in ours for good or bad.

The premise of The Goddess of Fortune seems like the lighter affair of a family drama but the character work and storytelling paint a much deeper picture that draws you into just how important we can be to each other. The Goddess of Fortune and many other great Italian Films will be screening at Palace Nova Cinemas from the 29th of September.
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When: 29th of Sep to 18th of Oct
Where: Palace Nova Cinemas
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