September 15th to October 9th, 2016
This year’s special guests include writer and director Ruth Borgobello whose award-winning short films have screened at Tribeca Film Festival, Flickerfest and Interfilm Berlin. Her first feature film The Space Between will premier during the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. The other special guest at this year’s festival is actress Maeve Dermody who made her acting debut in 1993 and has appeared in film, theatre and television productions such as Blackwater, Paper Giants, Bikie Wars and the Sydney Theatre Company’s production Our Town.
Opening Night Gala
September 15th, 2016
Perfect Strangers (Perfetti Sconosciuti) starring Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta will makes its Australian premier at the festival’s opening night reception. Directed by Paolo Genovese the award-winning film poses the question “How well do we really know those closest to us?” The night will begin with red carpet arrivals and an after party will follow the screening.
Closing Night Classic
October 9th, 2016
To wrap up the festival view the new digital restoration of the much loved classic Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Rediscover the romantic comedy which launched Audrey Hepburn’s stellar career and earned her an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe.
September 16th, 2016
Directed by special guest Ruth Borgobello The Space Between is an Australian-Italian co production which tells the story of an ex-chef who has given up his career to travel to Udine in Northern Italy. Making its world premiere at the festival, The Space Between celebrates la dolce vita against the stunning landscape of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. Prior to the screening there will be a launch party with appearances by writer-director Ruth Borgobello and actress Maeve Dermody who plays Olivia in the film.
Sessions throughout the festival
The second special presentation is the digital restoration of the 1960 Luchino Visconti crime drama Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli). The film follows the family drama which surrounds desperate impoverished Southerners and their search for a new life in the Industrial North of Milan.
September 22nd, 2016
As the highest-grossing film in the history of Italian cinema, Where Am I Going (Quo Vado?) is a hilarious, box office smash that delighted Italian audiences when it opened earlier this year. Start the evening with Limoncello di Capri cocktails and live music before the Australian premier of this hilarious Italian hit.