Twenty years on, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival continues to highlight what Italian film has to offer, showcasing 26 films from the past year of Italian cinema, plus the usual collection of classics and special events, showing at Palace Cinema’s Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX from October 2–23.

Of special interest will be the Australian premiere of director Ron Howard’s new biopic Pavarotti, which will close the festival nationally. Howard’s access-all-areas documentary looks back at the life, relationships and the remarkable performing career of the world’s most famous tenor who became an international superstar, from the early 1960s until his death.

There’s also a strong emphasis on crime and thrillers coming out of this year’s programme. The Vice of Hope is a tale set in the Camorra-infested northern Neapolitan neighbourhood made famous by Dogman. The Invisible Witness is a thriller about a businessman seeking to prove his innocence when he wakes up next to the body of his murdered mistress, and I Am Not A Killer, is a super stylish murder mystery.

However, if crime thrillers are not to your taste, then there’s comedy on the menu as well, with Bangla, Let Me Introduce You to Sofia (pictured above), Ordinary Happiness, films on the Italian Masters (Michelangelo – Endless, Amazing Leonardo), and a Bernardo Bertolucci retrospective (1900, The Conformist) on offer as well. It’s a wide variety of Italian cinema, with something for everyone.

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival hits Palace Cinema’s Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX from October 2–23. Tickets are on sale now.