14 September to 12 October: St Ali Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas

14 September to 12 October: St Ali Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas

An event supported by the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra.

The 2022 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace returns to cinemas nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay from 13 September, whisking audiences straight to Italy with a selection celebrating the country’s filmmaking tradition. From contemporary drama, comedy and documentaries to a retrospective honouring one of Italy’s greatest filmmakers, this year’s rich program will transport audiences with a cinematic escape to la bella Italia!

The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival will open with the Australian premiere of Italian Box Office hit BELLI CIAO from popular comedy duo Pio and Amedeo. It follows two formerly inseparable friends who reunite in their hometown in Puglia after years apart, resulting in an entertaining north vs south culture clash.

From Official Competition in Cannes comes this year’s Festival Centrepiece: Mario Martone’s new drama NOSTALGIA, featuring a superb performance from Pierfranceso Favino, about a man who returns to his hometown of Naples after forty years and rediscovers the city’s codes and rules, facing a past that haunts him.

Two exciting announcements are the Special Presentation films coming direct from their world premieres at major international film festivals: LORD OF THE ANTS (Il signore delle formiche) starring Luigi Lo Cascio direct from its In Competition screenings at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival, is a powerful new drama based on the 1968 trial of Aldo Braibanti, a Roman intellectual whose relationship with a younger student caused a nationwide scandal; and THE HUMMINGBIRD (Il colibri), Francesca Archibugi’s star-studded ensemble drama led by Pierfrancesco Favino which follows its main character from childhood to adulthood exploring the relationships that have criss-crossed his life over the years, direct from its Gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and screening in the festival from October.  

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The 2022 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas will take place in Canberra from 14 September to 12 October at the Palace Electric Cinema.

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