2021 ST. ALI ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL – **DATE CHANGES**
***NEW DATES ANNOUNCED***
Adelaide, Brisbane – 20 October to 14 November
Canberra – 27 October to 14 November
Perth – 21 October to 14 November
Byron Bay – 22 October to 7 November
Sydney – 28 October to 21 November
Melbourne – 19 November to 2 December
The 2021 Special Presentation has also been confirmed and it will feature the Australian premiere of Nanni Moretti’s latest film Three Floors.
***OFFICIAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED*** SEE BELOW
Now in its 22nd year, the ST. ALI Italian Film Festival, presented by Palace Films, returns to cinema screens with the best new Italian films as well as classic gems of Italian cinema screening nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay.
With a focus on contemporary cinema that tells the stories from today’s Italy, plus a selection of classics honouring the country’s filmmaking tradition, this edition features a sensational line-up of much-loved stars and exciting emerging talent.
The first highlights of the ST ALI Italian Film Festival offer a glimpse into the programme which celebrates Italian cinema and filmmakers at their very best:
The Festival will open with the Australian premiere of THE TIES (Lacci) which opened last year’s Venice Film Festival. Daniele Luchetti’s sumptuous marriage-in-crisis drama spans a 40-year period in Naples and Rome, and boasts an all-star cast including Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Laura Morante and Silvio Orlando.
The Australian premiere of 2021 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner TO CHIARA (A Chiara) is the latest film by Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea, A Ciambra). A CHIARA tells the gripping story of a 15-year-old girl from Calabria whose family life starts to unravel when she discovers her beloved father may have criminal ties.
In HIDDEN AWAY (Volevo nascondermi), Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear winner Elio Germano delivers a powerhouse performance in this multi award-winning biopic about the troubled life of celebrated artist Antonio Ligabue.
Marco Giallini (Perfect Strangers, God Willing) is back – alongside Vincenzo Salemme and Giuseppe Battiston – with THREE PERFECT DAUGHTERS (È per il tuo bene), a comedy hit that sees three friends hinder the love affairs of their daughters.
The Closing Night film of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, dramatic thriller YOU CAME BACK (Lasciami andare), stars Stefano Accorsi as a man who finds himself torn between the past and the future.
The ST. ALI Italian Film Festival is the biggest Italian film festival in the world, so don’t miss your chance to see the best films the country has produced in the last year, accompanied by a ST. ALI coffee, vino, or aperitivo, as we celebrate la dolce vita and the magic of cinema.
Festival Director Elysia Zeccola said, “We have been bringing Italian stories to Australian cinemas for over 20 years. Never has it been more important to provide a much-needed escape and the chance to become immersed in another world. We are thrilled to have ST. ALI’s continued involvement and the introduction of two fabulous new venues – we can’t wait for Spring to arrive!”
Salvatore Malatesta CEO and Creative Director of ST. ALI said, “We’re proud to return as naming rights partner of the ST. ALI Italian Film Festival which is the next best thing to being in Italy and for now, our only option!”
For information and updates, please visit italianfilmfestival.com.
***UPDATE AS AT 3 OCTOBER 2021***
Screening from 20 October (with Canberra and Melbourne to follow on 17 and 19 November respectively) Palace and ST. ALi coffee are thrilled to announce the full line up for the 2021 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival. After another disrupted year, it is with great anticipation that this hallmark event celebrating Italian culture, stories and language hits screens around the country just in time to provide a much-needed escape and the chance to become immersed in another world.
As previously announced, new cinema locations have been added for this year’s festival which will be screening in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay and tickets are now on sale.
The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival will open with the Australian premiere of Daniele Luchetti’s THE TIES (Lacci) which opened last year’s Venice Film Festival and is a sumptuous marriage in crisis drama spanning several decades.
Closing the 2021 Festival will be the Roberto Rossellini classic ROME, OPEN CITY in a stunning 4K restoration. The film, which was conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II in Rome, will be part of the Rossellini Retrospective presented by the Italian Cultural Institute Sydney alongside screen gems AMORE, JOURNEY TO ITALY, PAISAN and STROMBOLI.
In addition to this retrospective the programme will also feature a celebration of classic Italian screen goddesses Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale with some of their most loved performances in MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE, BUONA SERA, MRS. CAMPBELL and THE LEOPARD.
The Centrepiece selection is recent winner of the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, TO CHIARA (A Chiara). Jonas Carpignano’s searing drama tells the gripping story of a 15-year-old girl from Calabria, whose family life starts to unravel when she discovers her beloved father may have criminal ties.
This year’s Special Festival Presentation is acclaimed director Nanni Moretti’s (Mia Madre, The Son’s Room) latest film THREE FLOORS (Tre piani). Featuring a tremendous ensemble cast, the film traces the disparate lives of three families who reside in the same apartment block in Rome’s stylish Prati neighbourhood.
Family films also feature in the programme with GLASS BOY, a heart-warming tale of courage and adventure for all ages about a young boy usually confined to his bedroom setting out to prove he can live like a normal kid, plus WHEN MUM IS AWAY…WITH THE FAMILY (10 giorni con Babbo Natale). A Christmas-themed sequel to the 2019 Festival hit 10 Days Without Mamma, the misadventures of the Rovelli family are back in this entertaining road movie, starring Fabio De Luigi and Valentina Lodovini.
For kids fifteen years and older is CAM’S WAR a tale of survival and the challenge between Good and Evil which follows a young boy and his sister on a dangerous journey through an apocalyptic world.
CAM’S WAR is also part of The Female Lens sidebar, presented by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Melbourne, which features contemporary films from female directors. The other is SIRLEY (Maledetta primavera
Other highlights for the 2021 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival include:
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT (Cosa sarà)
A sudden revelation about his state of health leads a man to re-evaluate his relationships with his family in this personal story from director Francesco Bruni, starring Kim Rossi Stuart.
HIDDEN AWAY (Volevo nascondermi)
Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear winner Elio Germano delivers a powerhouse performance in this multi award-winning biopic about the troubled life of celebrated artist Antonio Ligabue.
IF YOU CARE FOR ME (Se mi Vuoi Bene)
A man with a knack for accidentally setting off catastrophes decides to help out the people around him but proceeds to cause them even more trouble in this entertaining comedy about friendship starring Claudio Bisio.
LIKE A CAT ON A HIGHWAY 2 (Come un gatto in tangenziale –
The sequel to the comedy smash hit Like a Cat on a Highway, Paola Cortellesi and Antonio Albanese return as Monica and Giovanni, whose lives become intertwined again three years later.
PADRENOSTRO (Presented by MIFF)
A 10-year-old boy witnesses an assassination attempt on his father (Pierfrancesco Favino in a Venice Best Actor-winning role) in Claudio Noce’s personal drama, inspired by his own family trauma.
PAOLO CONTE, VIA CON ME
An enthralling documentary following the life and work of Italian singer and composer Paolo Conte, interwoven with concert footage, interviews, and reflections of the singer by other friends and colleagues such as Roberto Benigni and Isabella Rossellini.
THE PREDATORS (I predatori)
Winner of Best New Director at the 2021 David di Donatello Awards, Pietro Castellitto’s black comedy takes aim at class antagonism in contemporary Italy when two Italian families on opposite ends of the social ladder collide.
Tigers is the enthralling true story of former Inter Milan player Martin Bengtsson’s rollercoaster ride through the cutthroat world of professional soccer.
THREE PERFECT DAUGHTERS (È per il tuo bene)
Marco Giallini (Perfect Strangers, God Willing) is back – alongside Vincenzo Salemme and Giuseppe Battiston – with a comedy hit that sees three friends try to hinder the love affairs of their daughters.
YOU CAME BACK (Lasciami andare)
The Closing Night film of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, this dramatic thriller set against a backdrop of Venice’s mysterious lagoons stars Stefano Accorsi as a man who finds himself torn between the past and the future.
And at selected theatres, FELLINI FORWARD: FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUS OF FEDERICO FELLINI presented by Campari. Direct from its Venice premiere, this pioneering project explores Fellini’s creative genius using new technology to emulate the works of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time in a new and unique movie set in Rome.
For the second year running, the ST. ALi Italian Film Festival eTicket Bundle (5 eTickets for $65 or 10 eTickets for $125) will be available as a pre-sale offer exclusive to Movie Club members and valid at all Palace Cinemas locations.
ALL TICKETS NOW ON SALE.
For more information visit: www.italianfilmfestival.com.au
The 2021 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace screens in the following locations:
Brisbane 20 October – 14
Adelaide 20 October – 14
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas and Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas
Perth 20 October – 14
Palace Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema
Byron Bay 22 October – 7 November, Palace Byron Bay
Sydney 27 October – 21 November:
Palace Norton, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema and Palace Central
Canberra 17 November – 12
Melbourne 19 November – 12
Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, The Kino, Pentridge Cinema, The Astor and Cinema Nova
For information and updates, please visit italianfilmfestival.com.
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