Italian Film Festibule 2015

Palace presents the Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2015As ever, here are the highlights of the Italian Film Festibule showing in a city near you with Melbourne times in the timetable below. There are even some five star movies. That’s right five out of five, which is ten out of ten when you think about it in a sufficiently abstract fashion. These are films that cannot be improved upon. Tony Abbott confessed earlier today that, not being a God, he can be improved upon. That is not like these films – at least in the opinion of those who gave them five out of five.

Top Picks

Luciano, the eldest of the three Carbone brothers, has turned his back on the drug operation that provided the family’s stature and wealth. Having washed his hands of the family, he now seeks a simple life with his wife and 20-year-old son Leo raising goats in their ancestral town of Africo in the Calabrian hills. The problem is that the bored and restless son Leo idolises his two charismatic big-shot uncles who are still deeply involved in the narcotics trade and is determined to make his mark. One night young Leo’s impulsive reaction to a trivial argument changes the course of all their lives, pulling all three brothers into a simmering feud that threatens to explode.
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It’s the last weekend together for three men and two women who for years have studied and lived in the same house in Pisa. University is over and each of them is about to embark on a new path: some will stay in Pisa, some will return home to their parents, and some will move to another city or even country. That protected period of their life in which infinite opportunities awaited them, is fading away-now is the time for decisions and responsibility: love or a well-paid job? Have a child or wait for better circumstances? Follow your dreams or be happy with whatever comes your way? Once thing is certain: their carefree university days are over and nothing will ever be the same again.
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Diego, Fausto and Claudio are three down-on-their luck men. When they meet by chance looking at a property in the country none of them are able to afford, the three men decide to combine forces and risk everything to start a Bed and Breakfast. They invest everything they have, physically and mentally, into the project, but the financial pressures mount and are made even more stressful with the local mafia demanding regular payments and threatening to suffocate their venture! It seems that only a miracle will bring them back on track. Indeed, the miracle they need arrives in the most unlikely of forms. But is it enough?
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Fresh from its official selection at Cannes Film Festival, director Matteo Garrone delivers his first Englishlanguage feature with this unmissable festival experience: a triptych of fairy tales for adults inspired by the stories of Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile, centering on the rulers of three neighbouring kingdoms put to the test when magic enters the picture. The result is a delicious dream-like visual feast brimming with imagination and mischief featuring an all-star cast as royals headed by Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel and John C. Reilly. A serpent’s heart, a giant flea, a world where sweet dreams quickly curdle to swirling nightmares, Garrone cuts between the three strands as he delves into the world of kings, queens and ogres. These gory and gorgeously shot stories are not for the faint hearted as they delve into the depths of the human psyche and explode with luxuriant colours, elaborate costumes and fantasy décor, accompanied by the Baroque architecture of Sicily, Apulia and Lazio.
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A Major arrives with bad news for a group of bedraggled soldiers in a bunker on the North-eastern front, close to the Austrian trenches. So close, in fact, that when a Neapolitan soldier stands on a hill at night singing piercing love songs, both armies can hear. The outpost is buried in deep snow and the dirty, sickly men are forced to sleep on boards in the freezing cold. The Major’s instructions for a senseless suicide mission causes an unthinkable face-off. The tension rises palpably sceneby-scene in this work made with devastating simplicity and painful realism; a poignant memorial to Italian soldiers.
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Based on Kevin Macdonald’s concept for “Life in a Day,” Oscar-winning director Gabriele Salvatores has created a touching mosaic of life in Italy during one day; October 26th, 2013. Italians were asked to record and send in videos via their smartphones or video cameras. The result is a collage of 632 videos selected among the 44,197 sent from all over Italy exposing everyday Italians’ hopes and fears. This experiment portrays Italy through the eyes of Italians, going inside their homes and letting them decide what to show and share. The engaging insights range from the birth of a child to the breathtaking eruption of the Mount Etna volcano all the way to the view of Earth from an Italian Astronaut’s space shuttle.
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The life-altering friendship between an extraordinary dog named Italo and one lonely child is depicted in this charming tale for all ages which is based on a true story. In 2009 the Sicilian town of Scicli embarks on a campaign against stray dogs and so the town is outraged when a lovable golden-haired mongrel wanders in and is befriended by Meno, a wise and introverted 10 year-old boy. Since the passing of his mother, Meno has shut everyone out, including his workaholic father. It will take the unconditional love of a special friend like Italo to force Meno out of his shell, leading him into a series of adventures that will teach him the difference between acting like a grown up and actually becoming one, and teach the entire town the lesson of a lifetime.
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Italy’s industrial miracles of the twentieth century are explored in Davide Ferrario’s insightful documentary that combines an impressive range of 100 years of archival footage with literary texts to thought provoking effect. Material shot by famous Italian directors such as Ermanno Olmi and Dino Risi, is merged with the work of poets and writers such as Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, and the assassinated Pier Paolo Pasolini, to create an astounding metaphor about the utopia of industrial and technological progress as the solution to humanity’s problems. The title of the film is an expression used by Dino Buzzati in a 1964 documentary to describe the production of steel in the furnaces of Taranto, or more specifically, the mass that is created by steel melting. As centuries-old olive groves fell under the weight of machines and enormous factories, this was a time when the utopia of progress was accepted by all living in the illusion of prosperity and a “better future”.
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Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 Oscar nominated masterpiece will close the 2015 Lavazza Italian Film Festival in truly visually intoxicating art deco style. A political thriller set in Mussolini’s Italy, The Conformist is an incisive portrait of the self-loathing, repressed Marcello who is drawn to Fascism. Aching to fit in in 1938 Rome, he is despatched to Paris to murder his former, anti-fascist college professor. A furious energy is contained in the film’s truly unforgettable scenes: a wedding night on a train, Marcello’s wife Stefania Sandrelli and her lover Dominique Sanda dancing the tango, a limousine ambushed in a wintry forest. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro’s lens transforms every street and room into a catalytic baroqueness and decadence, resulting in a bludgeoning indictment and critique of politics and class.
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Melbourne Schedule Table
Date Palace
Balwyn
Palace
Brighton Bay
Palace
Cinema Como
Palace
Westgarth
Kino
Cinemas
The Astor
Theatre
Wednesday 16 September God Willing
(7.00 PM
Opening Night Reception)
God Willing
(7.00 PM
Opening Night Gala)
Thursday 17 September God Willing
(1.30 PM)

Short Skin
(6.30 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(8.30 PM)
The Dinner
(1.30 PM)

Soap Opera
(6.30 PM)

Pizza And Dates
(8.30 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.45 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.45 PM)

Unique Brothers
(8.45 PM)
Black Souls
(4.30 PM)

Perez
(7.00 PM)

Tale of Tales
(9.00 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.00 PM)

Black Souls
(6.00 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(8.15 PM)
Friday 18 September An Italian Name
(1.30 PM)

Tale of Tales
(6.30 PM)

So Far So Good
(9.00 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.30 PM)

Do You See Me?
(6.30 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(8.45 PM)
God Willing
(1.45 PM)

The Dinner
(6.45 PM)

Soap Opera
(8.45 PM)
The Dinner
(4.30 PM)

An Italian Name
(7.00 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(9.00 PM)
Black Souls
(1.00 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(6.00 PM)

Perez
(8.00 PM)
Saturday 19 September Another South
(1.45 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(4.30 PM)

An Italian Name
(6.30 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(8.30 PM)
Wondrous Boccaccio
(2.00 PM)

Perez
(4.30 PM)

The Dinner
(6.30 PM)

Black Souls
(8.30 PM)
Greenery Will Bloom Again
(2.30 PM)

Italo
(4.30 PM)

God Willing
(6.45 PM)

Mia Madre
(8.45 PM)
Oriana
(2.30 PM)

Italy In A Day
(5.00 PM)

Mia Madre
(7.00 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(9.15 PM)
Italy In A Day
(1.00 PM)

Leopardi
(3.00 PM)

Do You See Me?
(6.00 PM)

Tale of Tales
(8.15 PM)
Sunday 20 September Greenery Will Bloom Again
(2.00 PM)

God Willing
(4.00 PM)

Soap Opera
(6.00 PM)
Italo
(2.15 PM)

Short Skin
(4.30 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(6.30 PM)
Wondrous Boccaccio
(2.15 PM)

An Italian Name
(4.45 PM)

Land Of Saints
(6.45 PM)
Italo
(2.30 PM)

Do You See Me?
(4.45 PM)

Black Souls
(7.00 PM)
Oriana
(1.30 PM)

The Dinner
(4.00 PM)

Mia Madre
(6.00 PM)
Monday 21 September Mia Madre
(1.30 PM)

Land Of Saints
(6.30 PM)

Chlorine
(8.30 PM)
God Willing
(1.30 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(6.30 PM)

Another South
(8.30 PM)
The Dinner
(1.45 PM)

Do You See Me?
(6.45 PM)

Leopardi
(8.45 PM)
Do You See Me?
(4.30 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(7.00 PM)

Greenery Will Bloom Again
(9.00 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.00 PM)

Italo
(6.00 PM)

Italy In A Day
(8.15 PM)
Tuesday 22 September The Dinner
(1.30 PM)

Unique Brothers
(6.30 PM)

Perez
(8.30 PM)
Black Souls
(1.30 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.30 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(8.30 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.45 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(6.45 PM)

Pizza And Dates
(8.45 PM)
An Italian Name
(4.30 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(7.00 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(9.00 PM)
God Willing
(1.00 PM)

Soap Opera
(6.00 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(8.00 PM)
Wednesday 23 September Do You See Me?
(1.30 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(6.30 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(8.30 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.30 PM)

Unique Brothers
(6.30 PM)

Land Of Saints
(8.30 PM)
Black Souls
(1.45 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(6.45 PM)

Italy In A Day
(9.00 PM)
God Willing
(4.30 PM)

Mia Madre
(7.00 PM)

Leopardi
(9.15 PM)
The Dinner
(1.00 PM)

Latin Lover
(7.00 PM)

Another South
(8.30 PM)
Perez
(8.00 PM
Extra Session: Introduction by Luca Zingaretti)
Thursday 24 September Black Souls
(1.30 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(6.30 PM)

Another South
(9.00 PM)
Do You See Me?
(1.30 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(6.30 PM)

Leopardi
(8.45 PM)
Latin Lover
(1.45 PM)

Perez
(6.45 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(9.00 PM)
Mia Madre
(4.30 PM)

God Willing
(7.00 PM)

Perez
(9.00 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.00 PM)

Short Skin
(6.00 PM)

Land Of Saints
(8.00 PM)
Friday 25 September Soap Opera
(1.30 PM)

The Dinner
(6.30 PM)

Latin Lover
(8.30 PM)
Montedoro
(1.30 PM)

An Italian Name
(6.30 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(8.30 PM)
Do You See Me?
(1.45 PM)

Latin Lover
(6.45 PM)

Tale of Tales
(9.00 PM)
So Far So Good
(4.30 PM)

Short Skin
(7.00 PM)

Soap Opera
(9.00 PM)
Latin Lover
(1.00 PM)

God Willing
(6.00 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(9.00 PM)
Saturday 26 September Italy In A Day
(2.15 PM)

Italo
(4.15 PM)

Mia Madre
(6.30 PM)

Do You See Me?
(8.45 PM)
Montedoro
(2.00 PM)

Tale of Tales
(4.00 PM)

God Willing
(6.30 PM)

Mia Madre
(8.30 PM)
Oriana
(2.15 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(4.45 PM)

The Dinner
(6.45 PM)

Black Souls
(8.45 PM)
Greenery Will Bloom Again
(2.45 PM)

Black Souls
(4.45 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(7.00 PM)

Latin Lover
(9.00 PM)
Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(1.00 PM)

Leopardi
(3.15 PM)

An Italian Name
(6.15 PM)

Tale of Tales
(8.30 PM)
Sunday 27 September Oriana
(1.30 PM)

An Italian Name
(4.00 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(6.00 PM)
Italy In A Day
(1.45 PM)

Another South
(3.45 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(6.30 PM)
Montedoro
(2.15 PM)

God Willing
(4.15 PM)

Short Skin
(6.15 PM)
Italo
(2.45 PM)

Land Of Saints
(5.00 PM)

Unique Brothers
(7.00 PM)
Greenery Will Bloom Again
(1.45 PM)

Mia Madre
(3.45 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.00 PM)
Monday 28 September Latin Lover
(1.30 PM)

Land Of Saints
(6.30 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(8.30 PM)
Soap Opera
(1.30 PM)

Greenery Will Bloom Again
(6.30 PM)

Leopardi
(8.30 PM)
Do You See Me?
(1.45 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(6.45 PM)

Another South
(8.45 PM)
Black Souls
(4.30 PM)

Chlorine
(7.00 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(9.00 PM)
Black Souls
(1.00 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(6.00 PM)

Perez
(8.00 PM)
Tuesday 29 September Tale of Tales
(1.30 PM)

Soap Opera
(6.30 PM)

Pizza And Dates
(8.30 PM)
Latin Lover
(1.30 PM)

Italo
(6.30 PM)

Perez
(8.45 PM)
Soap Opera
(1.45 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(6.45 PM)

Chlorine
(8.45 PM)
Do You See Me?
(4.30 PM)

Latin Lover
(7.00 PM)

Leopardi
(9.30 PM)
Do You See Me?
(1.00 PM)

Greenery Will Bloom Again
(6.00 PM)

Another South
(8.00 PM)
Wednesday 30 September Black Souls
(1.30 PM)

Unique Brothers
(6.30 PM)

Leopardi
(8.30 PM)
Soap Opera
(1.30 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(6.30 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(9.00 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.30 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.45 PM)

Land Of Saints
(8.45 PM)
Latin Lover
(4.30 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(7.00 PM)

Italy In A Day
(9.00 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.00 PM)

Short Skin
(6.00 PM)

Chlorine
(8.00 PM)
Thursday 1 October Latin Lover
(1.30 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.30 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(8.30 PM)
Do You See Me?
(1.30 PM)

Short Skin
(6.30 PM)

Land Of Saints
(8.30 PM)
Montedoro
(1.45 PM)

Do You See Me?
(7.00 PM
Special Event)

Soap Opera
(9.15 PM)
Tale of Tales
(4.15 PM)

Latin Lover
(6.45 PM)

Another South
(9.00 PM)
Soap Opera
(1.00 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(6.00 PM)

Unique Brothers
(8.30 PM)
Friday 2 October The Dinner
(1.30 PM)

God Willing
(6.30 PM)

Tale of Tales
(8.30 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.30 PM)

An Italian Name
(6.30 PM)

Latin Lover
(8.30 PM)
Black Souls
(1.45 PM)

Unique Brothers
(6.45 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(8.45 PM)
Soap Opera
(4.30 PM)

The Dinner
(7.00 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(9.00 PM)
Do You See Me?
(1.00 PM)

Black Souls
(6.00 PM)

Do You See Me?
(8.15 PM)
Saturday 3 October Italy In A Day
(2.00 PM)

Tale of Tales
(4.00 PM)

The Dinner
(6.30 PM)

Black Souls
(8.30 PM)
Oriana
(1.45 PM)

Mia Madre
(4.15 PM)

Black Souls
(6.30 PM)

Do You See Me?
(8.45 PM)
What A Beautiful Surprise
(2.45 PM)

Perez
(4.45 PM)

An Italian Name
(6.45 PM)

Mia Madre
(8.45 PM)
The Devil’s Soup
(3.00 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(5.00 PM)

God Willing
(7.00 PM)

Tale of Tales
(9.00 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.45 PM)

Italo
(3.45 PM)

Latin Lover
(6.00 PM)

The Dinner
(8.15 PM)
Sunday 4 October Italo
(1.45 PM)

Mia Madre
(4.00 PM)

Greenery Will Bloom Again
(6.15 PM)
Greenery Will Bloom Again
(2.30 PM)

Soap Opera
(4.30 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.30 PM)
The Devil’s Soup
(2.30 PM)

Do You See Me?
(4.30 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(6.45 PM)
Chlorine
(3.00 PM)

An Italian Name
(5.00 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(7.00 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.30 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(3.45 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(6.00 PM)
Monday 5 October An Italian Name
(1.30 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(6.30 PM)

Chlorine
(8.30 PM)
The Dinner
(1.30 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(6.30 PM)

The Devil’s Soup
(8.30 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.45 PM)

Greenery Will Bloom Again
(6.45 PM)

Leopardi
(8.45 PM)
Tale of Tales
(4.30 PM)

Unique Brothers
(7.00 PM)

Another South
(9.00 PM)
God Willing
(1.00 PM)

Land Of Saints
(6.00 PM)

Pizza And Dates
(8.00 PM)
Tuesday 6 October Do You See Me?
(1.30 PM)

Perez
(6.30 PM)

Montedoro
(8.30 PM)
Black Souls
(1.30 PM)

Unique Brothers
(6.30 PM)

Chlorine
(8.30 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.45 PM)

Short Skin
(6.45 PM)

Italy In A Day
(8.45 PM)
God Willing
(4.30 PM)

Short Skin
(7.00 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(9.00 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.00 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(6.00 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(8.30 PM)
Wednesday 7 October Mia Madre
(1.30 PM)

Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(6.30 PM)

Leopardi
(8.45 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.30 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(6.30 PM)

Chlorine
(8.45 PM)
The Dinner
(1.45 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(6.30 PM)

Another South
(9.15 PM)
An Italian Name
(4.30 PM)

Soap Opera
(7.00 PM)

Land Of Saints
(9.00 PM)
God Willing
(1.00 PM)

So Far So Good
(6.00 PM)

Montedoro
(8.00 PM)
Thursday 8 October God Willing
(1.30 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(6.30 PM)

Short Skin
(8.30 PM)
Mia Madre
(1.30 PM)

Latin Lover
(6.30 PM)

Italy In A Day
(8.45 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.45 PM)

Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(6.45 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(8.45 PM)
The
As ever, here are the highlights from the Italian Film Festibule now on in a city near you.
Dinner
(4.30 PM)
Mafia And Red Tomatoes
(7.00 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(9.15 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.00 PM)

Soap Opera
(6.00 PM)

Chlorine
(8.00 PM)
Friday 9 October Tale of Tales
(1.30 PM)

Black Souls
(6.30 PM)

Wondrous Boccaccio
(8.45 PM)
An Italian Name
(1.30 PM)

What A Beautiful Surprise
(6.30 PM)

The Dinner
(8.30 PM)
Chlorine
(2.15 PM)

Mia Madre
(4.15 PM)

Latin Lover
(6.30 PM)

Black Souls
(8.45 PM)
Mia Madre
(4.30 PM)

Do You See Me?
(7.00 PM)

So Far So Good
(9.15 PM)
The Dinner
(1.00 PM)

God Willing
(6.00 PM)

Unique Brothers
(8.00 PM)
Saturday 10 October The Devil’s Soup
(2.15 PM)

Latin Lover
(4.15 PM)

Do You See Me?
(6.30 PM)

God Willing
(8.45 PM)
An Italian Name
(2.15 PM)

Do You See Me?
(4.15 PM)

God Willing
(6.30 PM)

Tale of Tales
(8.30 PM)
Chlorine
(2.15 PM)

Mia Madre
(4.15 PM)

Latin Lover
(6.30 PM)

Black Souls
(8.45 PM)
Soap Opera
(3.00 PM)

Montedoro
(5.00 PM)

The Dinner
(7.00 PM)

Mia Madre
(9.00 PM)
Tale of Tales
(1.15 PM)

A Fairytale Wedding
(4.00 PM)

An Italian Name
(6.00 PM)

The Legendary Giulia
(8.15 PM)
Sunday 11 October Partly Cloudy With Sunny Spells
(2.00 PM)

Latin Lover
(4.00 PM)

The Conformist
(6.00 PM
Film Only)
A Fairytale Wedding
(2.00 PM)

Mia Madre
(4.00 PM)

The Conformist
(7.15 PM
Film Only)
Italo
(2.00 PM)

God Willing
(4.15 PM)

The Conformist
(6.45 PM
Film Only)
Pizza And Dates
(2.15 PM)

Black Souls
(4.15 PM)

The Conformist
(7.00 PM
Film Only)
The Devil’s Soup
(2.30 PM)

A Woman As A Friend
(4.30 PM)

The Conformist
(6.30 PM
Film Only)
The Conformist
(7.00 PM
Closing Night Event)
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