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:: Spotlight :: 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace is thrilled to announce its full 2015 festival program of 32 titles offering audiences the chance to experience the elegance, beauty and boldness that is Italian cinema.

DATES AND VENUES:
MELBOURNE: Palace Cinema Como, The Astor Theatre, Place Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn, and Kino Cinemas
16 September - 11 October

OPENING NIGHT 16 SEPTEMBER
GOD WILLING

This award winning box office hit starring Marco Giallini, Alessandro Gassman and Laura Morante tells the hilarious story of an atheist surgeon with a God-complex, a charismatic priest, a dysfunctional family and an announcement that takes everyone by surprise!

GALA: The Astor Theatre
Join us on opening night and enjoy the return of the Lavazza Espresso Martinis, Italian delicacies by DOC, Mitchelton Wines, Peroni beer, live entertainment and much more!

6.30pm arrival 7.00pm Melbourne Premiere of GOD WILLING
Movie Club Members $60, General Admission $65
Ticket includes official after party and gift bag

RECEPTION: Kino Cinemas - NEW SESSION ANNOUNCED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!
8.00pm arrival 9.00pm film Melbourne Premiere of GOD WILLING
Movie Club Members $30, General Admission $35

FESTIVAL GUEST: LUCA ZINGARETTI

Benvenuto shall be declared with tanto passione when Luca Zingaretti arrives to Australian shores for the first time as a guest of the 16th Lavazza Italian Film Festival! Festival Patrons may know Zingaretti from his leading role as Commissario Salvo Montalbano, in the much loved Inspector Montalbano series shown widely in Australian on SBS.
This year, he plays the leading role in two festival films: Edoardo De Angelis’ PEREZ and Marco Pontecorvo’s PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SUNNY SPELLS.

Luca will be in attendance in Melbourne for the following session:
Palace Cinema Como
Thursday 24 September
6.45pm PEREZ followed by Q&A with Luca Zingaretti

MID FESTIVAL AFFAIR: FORGIVEN NOT FORGOTTEN

Join us for an exclusive pre-film party before the notoriously dashing LATIN LOVER seduces you! Reception includes Mitchelton Wines, Peroni beer, Salami Cone by the Melbourne Salami Festa and live music.

Kino Cinemas
Wednesday 23 September
6.15pm reception for 7.00pm film

Palace Movie Club Members $26; General Admission $30

LAVAZZA PRESENTS

Indulge in an Espresso Martini by Lavazza before the fabulously funny comedy DO YOU SEE ME?
Palace Cinema Como
Thursday 1 October
6.15pm arrival for 7.00pm DO YOU SEE ME?

Palace Movie Club Members $26, General Admission $30

CLOSING NIGHT EVENT 11 OCTOBER - THE CONFORMIST (RESTORED)

Let's celebrate a master of Italian cinema with Mitchelton Wines and a Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream before screenings of the digitally restored version of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 Oscar nominated classic THE CONFORMIST(MA15+).

The Astor Theatre
6.30pm reception for 7.00pm film
Movie Club Members $26, General Admission $30

PROGRAMME

SPECIAL EVENTS
GOD WILLING Se Dio vuole
LATIN LOVER
THE CONFORMIST Il Conformista

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
BLACK SOULS Anime nere
MIA MADRE My Mother
TALE OF TALES
WONDROUS BOCCACCIO Maraviglioso Boccaccio

LIGHTS, DRAMA, ACTION!
ANOTHER SOUTH Una storia sbagliata
CHLORINE Cloro
DEVIL'S SOUP La zuppa del demonio
THE DINNER
GREENERY WILL BLOOM AGAIN Torneranno I prati
ITALY IN A DAY Un giorno da Italiani
LAND OF SAINTS La terra dei santi
LEOPARDI Il giovanni favoloso
MONTEDORO
ORIANA L’Oriana
PEREZ

COMMEDIA ALL'ITALIANA
A FAIRY TALE WEDDING Un matrimonio di favola
AN ITALIAN NAME Il nome del figlio
A WOMAN AS A FRIEND Una donna per amica
DO YOU SEE ME? Scusate se esisto!
THE LEGENDARY GIULIA Noi e Giulia
MAFIA & RED TOMATOES La nostra terra
PARTLY CLOUDY WITH SUNNY SPELLS Tempo instabile con probabili schiarite
PIZZA & DATES Pitza e datteri
SO FAR SO GOOD Fino qui tutto bene
SOAP OPERA
SHORT SKINI dolori del giovane Edo
UNIQUE BROTHERS Fratelli unici
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE Ma che bella sorpresa

FAMILY SELECTION
ITALO