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A Guide To Melbourne's Lavazza Italian Film Festival

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Updated: 19 September 2016
The 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will showcase 30 films, special events and presentations across three weeks allowing Italo-Australians to immerse themselves in la dolce vita. From modern box-office hits to carefully restored classics the Lavazza Italian Film Festival has something for everyone. Enjoy yourself – divertiti!

September 15th to October 9th, 2016

Various locations

Specials Guests

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.

Special Presentation

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.

Special Event

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.