As 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.