The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival returns to Perth this week, celebrating Italian culture, stories and language from Wednesday, October 20 until Sunday, November 14 at Palace Cinemas Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema.
Celebrating its 22nd year, the annual event will bring the best of new and classic Italian films to screens right across the country. “We have been bringing Italian stories to Australian cinemas for over 20 years,” said Festival Director Elysia Zeccola. “Never has it been more important to provide a much-needed escape and the chance to become immersed in another world.”
Opening the festival is The Ties (Lacci), a marriage-in-crisis drama that spans a 40-year period in Naples and Rome. Screening soon after is Hidden Away (Volevo Nascondermi) a biopic of celebrated artist Antonio Ligabue, Three Perfect Daughters (È per il tuo bene), which you can read our review of here, and You Come Back (Lasciami andare) a dramatic thriller about a man confronted by his troubled past. And there are the films entertaining for the whole family, with Glass Boy and When Mum Was Away … With the Family (10 giorni con Babbo Natale).
The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival is also filled with plenty of classics, many of which date back to the ‘40s, and many of which are now being screened in a terrific 4k restoration. There’s the Luchino Visconti period piece masterpiece The Leopard (1963), the Federico Fellini romantic-comedy Marriage Italian Style (1964), and the comedy/farce Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968). There’s also the Roberto Rossellini retrospective, which will feature his films Amore (1948), Stromboli (1950), Rome, Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), and Journey to Italy (1957).
The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival hits Palace Cinemas Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema from Wednesday, October 20 until Sunday, November 14. Check out their website here to see what films are playing and to buy tickets.