Lavazza Italian Film Festival
Palace's domination over Foreign Film Festivals continues as Barracks and Centro are set to showcase the 18th Lavazza Italian Film Festival (LIFF). It's jam packed with a huge program of Italian cinema, including an extravagant opening night and special screening nights throughout.
LIFF is thrilled to have Milan-born Italian/Australian actor Greta Scacchi on board as this year’s Festival Ambassador. For the first time, the festival is also honoured to introduce the Bulgari Critics' Choice Award; a new prize to celebrate Italian contemporary cinema with an exceptional partner emblematic of Italian excellence – Bulgari.
Program highlights include the Opening Night Gala featuring Italian Golden Globes award-winning comedy Let Yourself Go! The film stars the phenomenal Toni Servillo as the uptight psychoanalyst Elia, whose life is upended when he becomes involved with the effervescent personal trainer Claudia (Veronica Echegui) - a woman well-versed in matters of the body but less so of the mind. As Claudia drags Elia around Rome, a series of mishaps ensue, breathing new energy into his tired and predictable life.
This year's Centrepiece is the David di Donatello Award-winning Indivisible, the story of conjoined twin sisters who are gifted with beautiful voices. Aided by terrific break-out performances by real-life twin sisters Angela and Marianna Fontana, the film is the story of conjoined twin sisters, 18-year-old Daisy and Viola, who are gifted with beautiful voices and often sing at local functions. Their father, a seedy small-time businessman, has turned them into an entertainment act to support the family and ultimately fill his own pockets. Tensions arise when a chance meeting with a doctor reveals that the twins can be safely separated. Be sure to enter our competition for your chance to win 1 of 5 double passes to the media launch at Palace Barracks, on Thursday 7 September 2017 and be one of the first to see Indivisible.
The festival closes with Life is beautiful; an effervescent, uplifting, comedic and tragic film by Italy’s king of slapstick Roberto Benigni. Playing Guido a young Jewish man married to Dora (Nicoletta Braschi); together they have a 5 year-old son (Giorgio Cantarini). When World War II breaks out, the family is transported to a death camp. Here Guido tries to shield his son from the horror by convincing him that the camp is an elaborate game, in which points are won against the guards by staying hidden and concealing fear.
20 September 2017 - 8 October 2017