St Ali Italian Film Festival

Wed 20th October, 2021 – Sun 12th December, 2021
Various Palace Cinemas locations
Price: $16-$24
For over two decades the St Ali Italian Film Festival presented by Palace has been showcasing the best in contemporary Italian cinema. This year’s line-up promises to be a stand-out.

The St Ali Italian Film Festival is the biggest festival of its kind in the world. Now in its 22nd year, it’s returning to Palace Cinema screens nationwide across October and November with a star-studded collection of the best cinema Italy has to offer.

Presenting the best in contemporary cinema alongside a curated selection of classics, the 2021 line-up features everything from gripping personal dramas and heart-warming comedies, to true-life tales of soccer success and iconic classics starring Gina Lollobrigida, Clauda Cardinale and Sophia Loren.

The festival kicks off at the Opening Night reception, where guests will be treated to a glass of prosecco, a Limoncello di Capri cocktail and a gift bag before the premiere screening of Daniele Luchetti’s stylish new drama, The Ties. The film, which opened the Venice Film Festival, is set in Naples and Rome and depicts a marriage-in-crisis, featuring an all-star cast including Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.

Highlights of the 26 film Festival include the centrepiece feature To Chiara, which arrives direct from winning Best European Film (Directors Fortnight) at Cannes 2021 and tells the 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.

There’s also a special presentation of acclaimed auteur Nanni Moretti’s star-filled new drama about three families living in a Rome apartment block Three Floors, plus programs focusing on female directors (The Female Lens) and a retrospective presenting the work of acclaimed Roberto Rossellini (including Amore, Paisan, and Journey to Italy).

Campari is presenting a special event screening of the ground-breaking documentary Fellini Forward, where guests will receive a Campari Soda on arrival and a Campari tote bag.

And while it’s hard to improve on Sophia Loren, there will also be prosecco and popcorn events at selected screenings of Vittorio de Sica’s endlessly romantic and much-loved Loren vehicle, Marriage Italian Style.

This year’s festival goes out on a high with Closing Night, where guests will receive a Limoncello di Capri cocktail and Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream as part of the presentation of a newly restored 4K print of Roberto Rossellini’s classic drama Rome, Open City.

The 2021 St Ali Italian Film Festival runs across October and November at Palace Cinemas in all mainland capital cities plus Byron Bay, Luna Cinemas in Perth, Palace Nova Cinemas in Adelaide and Cinema Nova in Melbourne.

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