Opening night on Saturday 15 June starts @ 5.30pm with delicious Italian refreshments before the screening of the Italian film, 'Loro'.
On Sunday 16 June starting at midday we screen the three comedies
'The Last Prosecco'
'Put Nonna in the Freezer'
'My Big Gay Italian Wedding'
Tickets available https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/ItalianFilmFestival#cinemas=35
Loro was officially selected for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and for the Gala Opening night of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival.
With Loro, Sorrentino gradually unpeels the complex personality and motivations of the billionaire former Prime Minister – played with unmistakable panache by Toni Servillo – during a tumultuous period in his career, as his marriage to second wife Veronica Lario fractures; all the while skilfully threading together stories of a wide variety of characters from multiple levels of society and their attempts to either ingratiate or distance themselves from him…
Loro is seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who else to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino, the Academy Award-winning director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope, who returns to cinema in spectacular fashion with this dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred look at life in Italy under the glistening eye of modern Europe’s most infamous politician.
The Last Prosecco is a sparkling comedic mystery adapted from Fulvio Ervas’s eponymous novel, set amidst the competitive Prosecco business in the Veneto region. There, an awkward detective (Giuseppe Battiston, Perfect Strangers LIFF16), investigates the mysterious death of a gallant Count.
Put Nonna in the freezer is a light-hearted film with an unexpected twist. Go and see it if you like a good laugh and all things Italian, it will make you smile and feel-good and is not to be taken too seriously despite its title.
Besides Nonna, the main cast includes her granddaughter, Claudia, an art restorer, and Simone, an overzealous, workaholic Guarda di Finanza inspector. Simone and his team of inspectors specialise in impersonating various groups of people in order to catch those who try to cheat the tax office. And yes, Nonna has been put in the freezer, which is really where this somewhat farcical, yet very funny film really begins. A solution to a money problem turns out to be a much bigger problem as the film progresses. Claudia's two employees join her in this predicament, although sometimes you wonder about the help these two actually provide.
My Big Fat Gay Italian Wedding is a merry comedy of matrimony as newly engaged Antonio brings his fiancé Paolo to his hometown to meet his headstrong parents. From the writer/director of Italian Film Festival hit What A Beautiful Surprise (LIFF15), it’s a quest to make a city founded on religious tradition understand that love is love.