Calling all film buffs: The Italian Film Festival hits Sydney this month, bringing with it some beautiful slices of Italian silver screen action. Opening on Tuesday 15th September and running at various Palace Cinemas until 11th October, you’ll find a whole host of films on show, ranging from the slapstick to the sombre.
Here are our top picks of the Italian Film Festival to catch later this month. Ciao!
God Willing (Se Dio Vuole)
The festival opener brings together family, religion and changing values in unexpected comedy, God Willing, which follows the journey of an acclaimed surgeon who is also a vocal atheist as his son declares that he wants to become a Catholic priest. This film won director Edoardo Falcone the title of ‘Best New Director’ at the Italian Oscars, so if you’re looking for any film to name-drop this festival season, God Willing should be it.
Tale of Tales (Il Racconto Dei Racconti)
Tale of Tales tackles fairytales for adults in an incredible three-part film by Italian director Matteo Garrone. Based on the fantasy works of Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile, expect luscious scenery—part of the film was shot in Baroque era Sicily—rich colours and the odd touch of gore as you are plunged into imaginary worlds. Plus, Salma Hayek AND Vincent Cassel both star in this incredible cinematic experience. Guaranteed to be the most beautiful silver screen experience you’ll have in a while.
Do You See Me? (Scusate Se Esisto!)
If you’re a #ladyboss and you’ve ever worked in a bloke-y office or found yourself outnumbered by lads at the boardroom table, you’ll love fresh-faced comedy, Do You See Me? The story follows Serena, a successful international architect who finds herself jobless when she moves back to her home in Italy. But breaking into the boys’ club requires more than just a cracking CV. Round up your boss-girl mates and lock in a viewing, pronto.
Latin Lover celebrates one of Italy’s most famous classic movie stars, Saverio Crispo, in a bitter-sweet film which takes place on the anniversary of the lothario’s death. As Saverio’s five daughters (from five different relationships, no less) get together to mourn, they uncover his charming and varied past, making for a touching comedy.
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance earlier this year, Chlorine follows Jenny, a committed synchronised swimmer, as changing circumstances force her to relocate to the desolate Abruzzo Mountains. In this quirky, teenage coming-of-age story, she becomes more and more committed to her love for the pool, making for beautiful under-water cinematography and some relatable home truths about what it means to become an adult.
The Conformist (Il Conformista)
Made in 1970 by Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci, the Italian Film Festival is re-showing the digitally restored The Conformist as its closing classic film. The political thriller is set in Rome in 1938, under fascist leader Mussolini’s reign, making for a tense tale of ambush and intrigue. Expect exuberance and melodrama.
Lavazza Italian Film Festival | Various Palace Cinemas
- Sydney: 15th September – 11th October
- Melbourne: 16th September – 14th October
- Perth: 24th September – 14th October
- Brisbane: 1st October – 18th October