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The 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival Announced

The 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival Announced

| On 04, Aug 2016

The very best of Italian cinema is coming to our cinemas once again as the Lavazza Italian Film Festival returns to Brisbane this September and October.

During opening night guests will be presented with a taste of Italy, including Bandni on arrival, a Lavazza and Connoisseur “Affogato Bar”, Peroni, Aquilani Italian wine, live entertainment and a marvellous gift bag!

The festival will be opened with the Australian Premiere of Genovese’s ‘Perfect Strangers’. Unexpected secrets are revealed as seven friends decide to share every message, email or phone call they receive throughout the course of their dinner party. The film comprises of an all-star cast including, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak, Edoardo Leo, Giuseppe Battiston, Valerio Mastandrea and Marco Giallini.

Perfect Strangers 2016 Italian Film Festival

The festival will also celebrate Australia’s own creative artists as Melbourne filmmaker Ruth Borgobello’s ‘The Space Between’ will be featured in its world premiere. This Italian-Australian co-production stars Flavio Parenti and Maeve Dermody in a cultural romantic drama.

Straight from Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and taking centre stage is ‘Sweet Dreams’ by veteran director Marco Bellocchino. This adaptation of Massimo Gramellini’s novel, ‘Sweet Dreams, Little One’, will feature the talent of Valerio Mastandrea and Bérénice Bejo.

More highlights of the festival include; ‘Solo’ by writer, director and star Laura Morante; ‘Daddy’s Girl’, the hilarious story of a wealthy father trying to teach his stubborn kids a lesson; ‘Italian Race’, Matteo Rovere’s new film exploring the world of moto-racing and a broken family. Award winning actress Ondina Quadri will grace the screen in ‘Arianna’ (Carlo Lavagna) a coming of age story about identity and gender. And also straight from Cannes is Claudio Giovannesi’s ‘Fiore’ which is set in a juvenile detention facility and is about love and self-discovery.

Fiore 2016 Italian Film Festival

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival is expected to be bigger and better this year with Festival Director of 16 years, Elysia Zevvola Hill adding, “Palace [Cinema] continues its love for all things Italian including movies, coffee, cars, and wine. This festival is a celebration of Italian language and culture, and most of all cinema – these are the best films to have come out of Italy in the last 12 months.”

The full program will be announced on Tuesday 16th of August. For updates, visit the Italian Film Festival website here.

The Details:
What: Lavazza Italian Film Festival
When: Wednesday 28th September – Wednesday 19th October 2016
Where: Palace Barracks