St Ali Italian Film Festival
For more than two decades, the St Ali Italian Film Festival presented by Palace has presented the best of contemporary Italian cinema. This year’s lineup promises to be exceptional.
The St Ali Italian Film Festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world. Now in its 22nd year, it returns to Palace Cinema screens across the country in October and November with a star-studded collection of the best cinema Italy has to offer.
Showcasing the best of contemporary cinema alongside a selection of classics, the 2021 lineup includes everything from gripping personal dramas and heartwarming comedies, to true football success stories and iconic classics with Gina Lollobrigida, Clauda Cardinale and Sophia Loren. .
The festival will kick off with the opening night reception, where guests will be treated to a glass of prosecco, a Limoncello di Capri cocktail and a gift bag before the premiere screening of Daniele Luchetti’s stylish new drama, Ties. The film, which opened the Venice Film Festival, takes place in Naples and Rome and portrays a marriage in crisis, with a star cast including Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.
Highlights of the 26th Film Festival include the centerpiece in Chiara, which comes straight out of the Best European Film Award (Directors’ Fortnight) at Cannes 2021 and tells the story of a 15-year-old Calabrian girl whose family life begins to fall apart when she discovers that her father is well- loved one may have criminal connections.
There’s also a special presentation of acclaimed author Nanni Moretti’s star-filled new drama about three families living in an apartment building in Rome. Three floors, as well as programs focused on the female directors (The Female Lens) and a retrospective showcasing the work of the famous Roberto Rossellini (including Love, Peasant, and Journey to Italie).
Campari presents a special event screening of the revolutionary documentary Fellini forward, where guests will receive a Campari Soda on arrival and a Campari tote bag.
And while it is difficult to improve Sophia Loren, there will also be prosecco and popcorn events at selected screenings of Vittorio de Sica’s infinitely romantic and much-loved Loren vehicle, Italian wedding.
This year’s festival is in full swing with the closing night, where guests will receive a Limoncello di Capri cocktail and Connoisseur Gourmet ice cream as part of the presentation of a newly restored 4K copy of Roberto Rossellini’s classic drama. Rome, open city.
The 2021 St Ali Italian Film Festival takes place in October and November at Palace Cinemas in every capital city on the continent, as well as Byron Bay, Luna Cinemas in Perth, Palace Nova Cinemas in Adelaide and Cinema Nova in Melbourne.
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