The Italian Film Festival at Palace Cinemas

The St Ali Italian Film Festival showcases the best of new and classic films from one of Europe’s cinematic powerhouses.

Presenting across Australia in September and October, the 2022 St Ali’s Italian Film Festival gives audiences the chance to enjoy the best of contemporary cinema Italy has to offer and explore the country’s rich cinematic history.

Presenting at the Palace, Luna Palace and Palace Nova cinemas, the month-long festival is the biggest public celebration of Italian cinema outside of Italy, and this year features more than 30 films ranging from dramas and comedies to documentaries, films families and an extensive retrospective program.

The opening of the festival is a success at the Italian box office Belli Ciao, which tells the story of two former best friends who reunite after years of separation to discover that their lives have placed them on two very different cultural paths. As part of the opening night festivities, there will be Italian antipasti, Santa Margherita prosecco and Versa bottled Negronis to celebrate.

Fresh from Cannes and winner of Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the 2022 Nastri D’Argento Awards, Nostalgia is the centerpiece of this year’s festival. An urban drama exploring the nature of homecoming and regret, it’s also director Mario Martone’s heartfelt love letter to his hometown of Naples.

Arriving from the Venice Film Festival is Ant Lordthe powerful new drama from director Gianni Amelio that chronicles the controversial trial of Aldo Braibanti in the late 60s. And fresh from its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival is The Hummingbirdan adaptation of the internationally successful novel by Sandro Veronesi.

Other highlights include the romantic comedy Break up in Rome; The perfect dinner, the story of a mobster who falls in love with haute cuisine; and Ennio – The Maestroa documentary on the work of film composer Ennio Morricone.

Closing Night Movie Is Sophia Loren’s Classic [Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow] you can say goodbye to the festival with a Campari and a soda, mocktails and gourmet Connoisseur ice cream before the session begins.

Consult the full festival program and book your tickets.

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