The 2018 Lavazza Italian Film Festival
This year’s selection of 39 films at Palace Cinema’s annual Lavazza Italian Film Festival features a strong suite of critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies, revered classics and more.
Opening night is the Australian premiere of Loro, a unique take on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s larger-than-life reign by director Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty and The Young Pope). Also screening is gritty crime drama Dogman, which sees a small-town dog groomer caught up in the world of petty crime, and the magic-realist fable Happy as Lazzaro, about a boy from an idyllic village who suddenly collides with the outside world.
There are some huge Italian comedy hits on the bill, too. The most popular local film in Italy last year was Like a Cat on a Highway, a movie about two single parents trying to break up a relationship between their adolescent kids. The bright, breezy My Big Gay Italian Wedding does exactly what it says on the tin. And there’s Put Nonna in the Freezer, which is, believe it or not, a romantic comedy.
Rounding out the program are rare screenings of some newly restored classics, including Sergio Leone’s revered spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars (1965) and Dario Argento’s colourful horror Suspiria (1977), which closes the festival.
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The Lavazza Italian Film Festival is at Palace Cinemas from September 19 to October 14.
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