• A chilled affogato....

    A chilled affogato....

  • Making music on the Nishi staircase....

    Making music on the Nishi staircase....

  • Director of the movie, The Space Between, Ruth Borgobello.

    Director of the movie, The Space Between, Ruth Borgobello.

  • Antonella Salpietro, Lyndall Heddle and Marina Coppola

    Antonella Salpietro, Lyndall Heddle and Marina Coppola

  • Antonella Salpietro, Alessandro Coppola and Antonio Coppola

    Antonella Salpietro, Alessandro Coppola and Antonio Coppola

  • Giovanni and Tina Rodriguez, Trissy Manouras and Carmelina Paragalli

    Giovanni and Tina Rodriguez, Trissy Manouras and Carmelina Paragalli

  • Lou and Rosanna Agnello with Anton and Anita Nallo

    Lou and Rosanna Agnello with Anton and Anita Nallo

  • Madelyn Farfalla and Dean Cooper

    Madelyn Farfalla and Dean Cooper

  • Kerry and Adam Condipodero.

    Kerry and Adam Condipodero.

  • Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo and his wife Svetlana Sharapa Zazo with Karen and Antonio Zeccola and Anna Rita Tamponi

    Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo and his wife Svetlana Sharapa Zazo with Karen and Antonio Zeccola and Anna Rita Tamponi

  • Connie Leikas and Kira Leikova

    Connie Leikas and Kira Leikova

  • Sarah O'Connor and Cassandra Pantelidis

    Sarah O'Connor and Cassandra Pantelidis

  • Ilvana Odell

    Ilvana Odell

  • Mary Pottle and Isadora Pkic

    Mary Pottle and Isadora Pkic

  • Lucia, Emilia and Eugene Schiavo

    Lucia, Emilia and Eugene Schiavo

  • Dominic and Olga De Marco with Anne and Franco Calabria

    Dominic and Olga De Marco with Anne and Franco Calabria

Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2016

20 September 2016

“Let’s play a game then. We’ll all put our phones on the table”......It’s enough to set many a heart a flutter in this world of three thirty something couples and one single guy in the opening night film for the Lavazza Italian Film Festival called Perfect Strangers. A misnomer of a title because they are supposedly friends and as the story evolves certainly not perfect nor strangers but what happens is both annoying and compelling as the Smartphones invade the dinner conversations and the secrets and lies are revealed.

A clever script, a fascinating group of characters and a film that seems to be heading for the divorce court ends as if it was all a game.

It was a great opening night conversation at the after party, with opinions varied and most saying that they’d prefer not to try it at home, as we all gathered on the staircase of the Nishi building where many a fun party has been held as the Palace Electric becomes the preferred home of the ubiquitous film festivals Canberrans  love, and on this occasion to sip some chilled ‘affogatos’ nibble on Monster Kitchen’s unique canapés and catch up with the opening night’s usual suspects who all carried their Lavazza goodie bags.

The 2016 program is a mix of old and new with a salute to the greats of Italian cinema as a Visconti favourite in a new digital restoration of Rocco and his Brothers starring Claudia Cardinale and the impossibly handsome Alain Delon is featured and the absolute classic of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck whipping around Rome on a Vespa is the closing night choice.

Featuring too is The Space Between directed by Ruth Borgobello, an Aussie who graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts and went on to make commercials, short films, won awards and now has for this Australian-Italian feature co-production found a romance to delight.

It is a great program of Italian cinema and continues at Palace Electric until 12 October with information at italianfilmfestival.com.au