Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2016Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
“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