Palace Presents: The Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2019
No one can do drama quite like the Italians, and so it is with great excitement and high expectations that audiences are preparing to welcome the 20th annual Lavazza Italian Film Festival.
The film festival will celebrate all things Italian cinema: romance, noir, drama, crime, and more. The Lavazza Italian Film Festival was founded in 2000 by Antonio Zeccola who, in one of Australia’s many migrant success stories, built Australia’s only national boutique cinema network which now encompasses more than one hundred screens internationally.
The first event was a resounding success, and the next year, the festival expanded from exclusively Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Since then, the festival has grown in popularity to the point where it is now the biggest public celebration of Italian cinema outside Italy.
Organised entirely by Palace, a 100% Australian-owned independent family business, the festival continues to present the best new contemporary Italian cinema and most cherished classics on the big screen. For almost two decades the Festival has celebrated Italian language, culture and la dolce vita with an ever-growing audience, last year attracting over 84,000 people nationally. Viva il cinema!
Several celebrated filmmakers, actors, and directors will also be travelling to Australia for the festival, in order to attend film events, give presentations on their creative projects and experiences in the industry, and for Q&A sessions with audience members. Included here are Mimmo Calopresti, Megan Gale, Tina Arena, and Paul Mercurio.
Some fantastic films, both new and old, will be presenting at the festival, including a number of Australian and world premieres.
Among these are Bangla, a big-hearted romcom from promising new director Phaim Bhuiyan about the complications of young love caught between very different beliefs, Amazing Leonardo, which celebrates the 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death and stars Italian A-lister Luca Argentero, My Own Good, a poignant drama where actor Sergio Rubini plays the last remaining inhabitant of an Italian ghost town destroyed by a devastating earthquake, and If Only, an 80s-set sentimental comedy about three children of divorced parents.
In terms of old, well-loved classics, Lavazza and Palace will be presenting One Hundred Steps, about an outspoken young man whose rebellion against the Sicilian mafia rocks his town’s stifling tradition of silence, The Consequences of Love, the story of a secretive Italian businessman hiding a dark secret from Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino, and The Last Kiss, a famous romantic drama that shows a perspective of love in its darkest shades.
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival will be commencing at Palace Cinemas in Brisbane from the 25th of September to the 16th of October—so go and enjoy a film, a coffee, a vino, an aperitivo, la dolce vita and the magic of cinema.