Lavazza Italian Film Festival

Palace Cinemas presents the Lavazza Italian Film Festival with exquisite films from, by and about Italy.

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Italian Film Festival Highlights

Italian Film Festival Highlights

Here’s a few picks that might just help you sort out your IFF 2019 schedule! ...
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The team at Palace Cinemas have created a range of specially curated hampers, perfect for these socially distanced times. Our favourites are the Italian Film Festival hamper (of course!), brimming with delicious Italian wine, pasta and snacks and the La Dolce Vita hamper, arming you with everything you need to create the perfect Bellini. Visit the link to find out more.
The highest-grossing Italian film in Italian cinema history and a hit from the 2016 festival, WHERE AM I GOING? (Quo Vado?) proves comedy is the perfect antidote to the world’s doom and gloom. Starring Luca Medici as his celebrated comic character, Checco Zalone, the story takes a not-so-subtle dig at the Italian obsession of pursuing a cushy job-for-life in the public service, with its generous pension and the seeming impossibility of termination. Re-watch or see it for the first time on iTunes, YouTube or Google Play. 🍿
Be transported to rural Italy with HAPPY AS LAZZARO (Lazzaro felice) - an enchanting allegory of love, loss and compassion exploring the troubled soul of Italy. At an isolated rural estate, where a family of tobacco farmers toil under the sun, an unexpected friendship is formed between two young men. Winner of Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival, this film is a feast for the senses. Watch it on iTunes, YouTube and Google Play. 🍿
THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER (La Mafia uccide solo d’estate) was the most popular film in the 2014 Lavazza Italian Film Festival. Set in the tumultuous world of 1970’s Italy, this semi-autobiographical romantic comedy of childhood and first love is a hilarious directorial debut from Italian comedian and satirist Pierfrancesco ‘Pif’ Diliberto. Available to rent on iTunes, YouTube and Google Play, or stream on Kanopy. #tuttiacasa 🍿
Does the sound of documentaries about Italy and Italian culture pique your interest? We’ve partnered with DocPlay to give you an exclusive opportunity to access quality documentaries at home. Click the link below to access a 45-day free trial. 🍿
How do the most prominent names of Italian cinema get through quarantine? Some of our festival favourites like Paolo Calabresi, Massimiliano Bruno, Vinicio Marchioni, Ivano De Matteo and Laura Delli Colli have contributed to a collection of intimate testimonies on life in lockdown in Italy. The video journals are available to view freely on the Istituto Luce Cinecittà’s new format online magazine @LuceCinecitta #IoACasa #StayAtHome
At home wondering what to watch next? Paolo Genovese's fiendishly clever comedy of manners about secrets and lies in the age of smartphones, PERFECT STRANGERS (Perfetti sconosciuti), is so good it can be watched again and again! Available to download from iTunes. #tuttiacasa 🍿
Thinking of our friends and family in Italy #andràtuttobene 💚🤍❤️
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