Italian Film Festival 2019



Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. As they say in Italy, “eat well, laugh often, love much” as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Palace is also thrilled to be celebrating another important anniversary with Lavazza, the festival’s longstanding naming rights partner, who have been bringing the best Italian coffee to Palace Cinemas nationally for the last 16 years.

The 20th edition of the festival will showcase 26 of the best new Italian films from the last year from 1 October at Palace Nova Eastend & Prospect.

LIFF19 Opening Night - THE CHAMPION M
Tursday 1 October | LIFF19 Opening Night - THE CHAMPION | From 6.30pm, EASTEND
LIFF19 World Premiere - PROMISED PG
Wednesday 16 October | LIFF19 World Premiere - PROMISED | From 6.30pm, EASTEND
LIFF19 Closing Night - PAVAROTTI E18+
Wednesday 23 October | LIFF19 Closing Night - PAVAROTTI | From 6pm, EASTEND
LIFF19 The Champion M From: Oct 1, 2019
A beautifully balanced blend of the spectacular and the intimate, this stunning debut starring Stefano Accorsi delivers a moving moral lesson.
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LIFF19 If Only CTC From: Oct 2, 2019
A gentle and honest exploration of a broken family, that boasts an ensemble cast including Alba Rohrwacher and Riccardo Scamarcio.
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LIFF19 If Life Gives You Lemons M From: Oct 2, 2019
A teenage boy’s dreams of soccer stardom are threatened by a chaotic home life in this achingly naturalistic portrait of a young man striving to succeed.
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LIFF19 Let Me Introduce You To Sofia M From: Oct 2, 2019
A frazzled father finds himself in hot water as he tries to hide his daughter from his new girlfriend in this hilarious comedy-of-errors starring Fabio De Luigi.
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LIFF19 Ordinary Happiness CTC From: Oct 2, 2019
Daniele Luchetti (Those Happy Years) transforms the short stories of Francesco Piccolo into a charming metaphysical comedy.
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LIFF19 My Own Good CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
In this poignant drama, Sergio Rubini plays the last remaining inhabitant of an Italian ghost town that has been destroyed by a devastating earthquake.
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LIFF19 Amazing Leonardo CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
This extraordinary biopic marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death and stars Italian A-lister Luca Argentero (Eat Pray Love, 2010).
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LIFF19 The Conformist MA15 From: Oct 3, 2019
Bernardo Bertolucci’s visually intoxicating adaptation of Alberto Moravia’s novel about an upper-class follower of Mussolini returns to the big screen
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LIFF19 100 steps [RESTORED] M From: Oct 3, 2019
Peppino (Luigi Lo Cascio) is an outspoken young man whose rebellion against the Sicilian mafia rocks his town’s stifling tradition of silence.
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LIFF19 1900 R18 From: Oct 3, 2019
Bernardo Bertolucci's nine-time Oscar winning masterpiece centres on the intense relationship between two friends, played by Robert De Niro & Gérard Depardieu.
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LIFF19 10 Days Without Mamma M From: Oct 3, 2019
Italian comedy royalty reunites in Alessandro Genovesi’s hilarious comedy about a father (Fabio de Luigi) left in charge of his children while mum goes away on holiday!
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LIFF19 I'm Not A Killer CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
Screen heavyweights Riccardo Scamarcio and Edoardo Pesce star in this super stylish murder mystery that reveals itself piece by piece up to a stunning conclusion.
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LIFF19 An Almost Ordinary Summer CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
A stunning Mediterranean backdrop and an all-star cast including Alessandro Gasmann and Fabrizio Bentivoglio.
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LIFF19 Aspromonte: Land of The Forgotten CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Like Crazy) and Marcello Fonte (Dogman) star in this affecting drama about a neglected village.
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LIFF19 Bangla CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
This witty romcom with a huge heart is a fresh and spirited Rome-set portrait of the complications of young love caught between very different beliefs.
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LIFF19 Dafne  CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
A poignant drama about a family struck by a tragedy, anchored by a breakout performance from Carolina Raspanti.
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LIFF19 Don't Stop Me Now M From: Oct 3, 2019
Dynamic duo Paola Cortellesi and her husband, director Riccardo Milani, team up to deliver this Bond-style comedy.
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LIFF19 Loro (Director's Cut) MA15 From: Oct 3, 2019
The most talked-about LIFF opener in the festival’s 20-year history is back, with Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s director’s cut.
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LIFF19 The Consequences of Love MA15 From: Oct 3, 2019
Titta di Girolamo (Toni Servillo) is a secretive Italian businessman mysteriously living in a Swiss hotel and hiding a dark secret.
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LIFF19 The Invisible Witness M From: Oct 3, 2019
A slick businessman (Riccardo Scamarcio) employs an undefeated veteran attorney to prove his innocence after he wakes up next to his murdered mistress.
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LIFF19 The Last Kiss M From: Oct 3, 2019
A romantic drama that shows a perspective of love in its darkest shades. Stars Stefano Accorsi and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.
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LIFF19 The Mayor: Italian Politics 4 Dummies E18+ From: Oct 3, 2019
What happens when a 23-year-old runs for mayor in one of the biggest cities of Southern Italy and records his entire campaign with a hidden camera?
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LIFF19 The Vice of Hope M From: Oct 3, 2019
Edoardo De Angelis’ powerful, award-winning new film portrays a woman fighting to escape the criminal underworld she was born into.
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LIFF19 Tomorrow's a New Day CTC From: Oct 3, 2019
A bittersweet reunion of two friends (Marco Giallini and Alessandro Gasmann) as they wander the streets of Rome and ponder the future.
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LIFF19 Welcome Back Mr. President PG From: Oct 3, 2019
Peppino must return to Rome to win back his love and defeat a plot that could ruin Italy in the sequel to 2013’s box-office smash hit Welcome, Mr President.
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LIFF19 The Legend of the Christmas Witch PG From: Oct 10, 2019
Paola Cortellesi plays a famous Italian folklore character, La Befana, with a feminist twist in this Italian box office hit that is pure fun for the whole family.
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LIFF19 Twin Flower CTC From: Oct 10, 2019
Two teenagers on the run from personal demons form a relationship as they embark on a dangerous trip across the tough terrain of Sardinia.
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LIFF19 Michelangelo - Endless E18+ From: Oct 10, 2019
Director Emanuele Imbucci’s evocative film on Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti is testament to the legend’s rich and varied artistic works.
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LIFF19 The Great Spirit CTC From: Oct 10, 2019
Sergio Rubini directs and stars in this offbeat dramedy alongside southern favourite Rocco Papaleo as two men whose unexpected run-in results in a friendship.
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LIFF19 Promised PG From: Oct 16, 2019
The world premiere of this romantic drama about Italo-Australians in 70s Sydney reveals that love, like life, can never be perfectly arranged.
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LIFF19 The Armadillo's Prophecy CTC From: Oct 17, 2019
This melancholy comedy cleverly embodies a generation faced with uncertainty through its depiction of a young man’s friendship with an imaginary armadillo.
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LIFF19 Pavarotti E18+ From: Oct 23, 2019
Luciano Pavarotti’s charm, charisma, and ability to hit the High-C earned him a level of renown on par with the biggest pop stars, in Ron Howard’s inspiring documentary,
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