Italian Film Festival, Canberra

Palace Electric Cinemas
17 November to 12 December 2021
Tickets including e-ticket bundles now available

This year’s ST. ALi Italian Film Festival will begin with the Australian premiere of Daniele Luchetti’s The Ties (Lacci) which opened last year’s Venice Film Festival. It’s a sumptuous marriage in crisis drama spanning several decades.
A 4K restoration of Roberto Rosselini’s classic Rome, Open City  is the festival closing film. Conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II in Rome, this is part of the Rossellini Retrospective presented by the Italian Cultural Institute Sydney alongside AmoreJourney To ItalyPaisan and Stromboli.

The program will also feature a celebration of Italian screen goddesses Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale with some of their most loved performances in Marriage Italian Style, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell and The Leopard.

The Centrepiece selection is recent winner of the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, To Chiara (Jonas Carpignano. It tells the story of a 15-year-old girl from Calabria, whose family life starts to unravel when she discovers her beloved father may have criminal ties.  

This year’s Special Festival Presentation is acclaimed Nanni Moretti’s latest film Three Floors. Featuring a tremendous ensemble cast, the film traces the disparate lives of three families who reside in the same apartment block in Rome’s stylish Prati neighbourhood.