Italian Film Festival
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Palace Cinemas brings the Italian Film Festival back to Melbourne
The Palace Cinemas franchise was started by the Zeccola brothers, who arrived in Melbourne in 1957 and opened cinemas for the purpose of screening Italian films to fellow migrants. In the late 1990s, Palace launched the Italian Film Festival as a showcase of the latest movies from the homeland.
This year Melbourne will throw three (three!) opening night events across the city, at Palace Como, Westgarth and Balwyn. Each cinema will screen a different highlight film, plus guests receive a complimentary glass of Il Fiore prosecco and a gift bag.
Highlights of the festival include Il Traditore (The Traitor), about a Mafia boss-turned-police informer, which swept the Italian Oscars last year. A comedy called I Hate Summer (Odio l'estate) involves three families accidentally booking the same holiday rental. Relocating the Jack London novel to Naples, Martin Eden concerns a sailor who takes up writing. And drama The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna) explores longterm relationships over time.
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malèna, his film of smalltown hypocrisy set in wartime Sicilly starring Monica Bellucci, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and a retrospective screening will close the festival this year. The movie features music by the late Ennio Morricone and is in tribute to the great composer.
Catch the festival from November 25 at Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay and Kino Cinemas.