• Lavanna Neal and Djiwo Grenet

    Lavanna Neal and Djiwo Grenet

  • Mark Doughton and Sarah Malone

    Mark Doughton and Sarah Malone

  • Antonio Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola and Karen Zeccola

    Antonio Zeccola, Elysia Zeccola and Karen Zeccola

  • Maria and Joe Zeccola, Joe Mastrolembo and Dom and Elizabeth Musolino

    Maria and Joe Zeccola, Joe Mastrolembo and Dom and Elizabeth Musolino

  • Nick and Alba Bono with Lou and Rosanna Agnello

    Nick and Alba Bono with Lou and Rosanna Agnello

  • Anita and Anton Nallo

    Anita and Anton Nallo

  • Geoffrey Dunn and Marina Talevski

    Geoffrey Dunn and Marina Talevski

  • Barbara Boeck and Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and her son Alessio Zazo

    Barbara Boeck and Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and her son Alessio Zazo

  • Paul and Silvana Bisa

    Paul and Silvana Bisa

  • Caitlin Cahill, Adrian Daniel, Kate Mills and Biz Beyer

    Caitlin Cahill, Adrian Daniel, Kate Mills and Biz Beyer

  • Maryke Williams and Sharon Bruzga

    Maryke Williams and Sharon Bruzga

Italian Film Festival @ Palace Electric

22 September 2015

Italianicious is my new favourite word. It’s actually a magazine, with all the ancillary necessities of a digital world such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, but I’d just like to be able to sit under a shady tree on a hot summer’s day to read it, transporting myself back to the italianisciousness of my favourite places while licking a peach gelato.

The closest we can get at this time of the year, other than a ticket and the time, is the Italian Film Festival at Palace Electric – the biggest night of the year for Palace Electric - with our favourite Italian film family the Zeccolas on hand to welcome, indulge us and make sure the opening night film God Willing would be the right choice on the night. It was a delight and a credit to new director Edoardo Falcone winning for him the ‘Best New Director” at the Italian Oscars. He cleverly wove a story around a surgeon, his family and a priest caught up in some ridiculous and hilarious situations. It had that moment of decide your own ending when said priest came to grief on his Vespa, but we like to think he survived to spread his charisma to the converted.

Officially opening the festival was Luca Zingaretti, yes Comissario Salvo Montalbano of the SBS series Inspector Montalbano but for those of us keen for a chat he disappeared quickly to rest up suffering jet lag. Karen Zeccola on the other hand who had experienced the same race back to Australia after her European trip was determined to party on at the after party. We the connoisseurs of this festival were enticed to try the newest flavours of the ice creams of the same name and may I recommend the Canadian Maple with Peanut Butter, the Sicilian Blood Orange and Chocolate and Himalayan Salted Chocolate with Vanilla and Almond. Blissiciousness!

The festival continues until 11 October with program details at www.italianfilmfestival.com.au