Italian Film Festival 2019

Palace Electric Canberra
24 September – 16 October 2019

The 20th Italian Film Festival features 26 recent films and two retrospectives including Bertolucci’s five-hour epic, 1900.

It opens with The Champion, set in in the world of professional, millionaire footballers, and finishes with the Australian premiere of Ron Howard’s biopic Pavarotti, the tenor who became an international superstar from the early 1960s until his death in 2007.

Richard speaks with Festival director, Elysia Zeccola

One of the two retrospectives is a tribute to Bernardo Bertolucci, who died in November, featuring two of his best-known films:

  • 1900 (Novecento), the 1976 historical drama featuring an international ensemble cast including Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda and Donald Sutherland, a five-hour epic which will screen with an intermission; and
  • the political thriller The Conformist in a restoration supervised by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.

The other retrospective features three films from previous festivals:

  • Marco Tullio Giordana’s drama One Hundred Steps (I cento passi) with Luigi Lo Cascio as an outspoken young man whose rebellion against the Sicilian mafia rocks his town’s stifling tradition of silence
  • Gabriele Muccino’s award-winning 2001 romantic drama The Last Kiss (L’ultimo bacio) , showing a perspective of love in its darkest shades; and
  • The Consequences of Love (Le conseguenze dell’amore), Paolo Sorrentino’s acclaimed psychological thriller.

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