Lavazza Italian Film Festival
39 James St
61 Petrie Terrace
From Italy with love comes the 13th Italian Film Festival, bringing three weeks of its signature romance and artistry to Brisbane's Palace cinemas. This year the programme features over 30 new films, many of them fresh from winning awards at major international festivals and covering a wide range of genres.
Opening night is at the Palace Barracks on Oct 3rd, with Welcome to the North, a 'reversal in direction' of last year's quirky postal worker hit comedy Welcome to the South.
Highlights to fall in love with include:
To Rome With Love: Woody Allen's latest comedy is a collection of four vignettes and once again he returns to the screen in this one to play a grouchy retired opera director alongside a cast that includes Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni.
Caesar Must Die: This critically acclaimed Golden Bear award from the Berlin Film Festival tells the story of the inmates of the high-security Rebibbia prison as they rehearse for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and is touted as one of the festival's must-sees.
A Flat for Three: In this closing night film, Carlo Verdano, one of Italy's most popular personalities returns to the screen in this charming story of three divorced men down on their luck who decide to share an apartment in Rome.
Kryptonite!: Set in 1970s Naples and seen through the eyes of bullied nine year old Peppino, whose traditional old style Italian life with his dysfunctional family is threatened by the advent of flower power and the hippie movement and all backed by a soundtrack of period classic songs done Italian style.
Welcome to the North: Opening the festival at the palace Barracks on Oct 3 is a reversal of last year's quirky postal worker comedy hit Welcome to the South. This year the action has moved north to Milan with lashings more of the slapstick comedy that had them rolling in the aisles last festival.
One Day More: this American style rom com is based on a best-selling novel 'Weddings and Other Disasters' and is the story of 40 year old confirmed bachelor Giacome who sets his sights on a bachelorette who has no intention of settling down and instead wants to move to New York.
The Big Heart of Girls: A delicate tragicomedy set in the 1930's of fascist Mussolini's regime, this story of love, compromise and the role of women was inspired by renowned director Pupi Avati's own grandparents.
The Entrepreneur: This mulit-award winning drama tells the story of factory owner Nicola Ranteri who is struggling both professionally and emotionally. As the banks are foreclosing on him and his pride takes him to the brink of ruin he refuses to use his wife's wealth and family name to save himself.