Can you smell that salty Mediterranean air? Can you taste that earthy red wine? Can you feel the sun on your neck?
If you’re stuck in an office a million miles from Rome, the reality is – you probably can’t. But if a trip to Italy isn’t on the cards anytime soon, never fear. This September and October, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is returning for its 15th year and is sure to satisfy your craving for ‚Äúla dolce vita‚Äù.
The 2014 line-up consists of an impressive mix of 34 features and documentaries, with films including stars such as Monica Belluci, Raoul Bova and Claudio Santamaria. This year the festival will visit eight cities across Australia, treating audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Byron Bay.
With so many stellar films on offer, it’s going to be hard to figure out your schedule for the festival. To help you, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourites from this year’s line-up – we even have some double passes up for grabs for a lucky few.
FIVE FILMS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS AT LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2014
I Can Quit Whenever I Want
Two frustrated but brilliant college professors who can’t find a job decide to turn their chemistry skills towards crime. No, we’re not recounting the plot of Breaking Bad – although the premise is similar, it’s an entirely different kettle of fish. Ultimately, this hilarious parody of middle class turmoil is entertainment in its purest form.
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes, this bittersweet and mesmerising film looks at the gradual disappearance of the traditional rural way of life in Italy. It centres on the eldest daughter in a family of German-Italian beekeepers who is desperate to break free from the strict rules of her family. Stars Monica Belluci.
South is Nothing
This stunning cinematic debut from rising talent Fabio Mollo gives a striking look at the atmosphere of fear surrounding the Mafia in southern Italy. It’s a coming-of-age tale centred on an angry teenage tomboy who is struggling to find her identity whilst dealing with her brother’s suspicious disappearance.
Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary was the first ever to be awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, scooping the prize up last year. It delves into the stories of the diverse people living around Rome’s ring road, the Grane raccordo Anulare, capturing the invisible worlds and possible futures of people living on the fringe.
The Festival’s opening night film is an effervescent biopic charting the life of legendary singer, songwriter and accordionist Rocco Granata. This entertaining mix of passion, creativity and music follows Granata’s rise from humble beginnings to his eventual emergence as a worldwide musical phenomenon with the release of the song Marina. It’s directed by acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker Stijn Conix and produced by the Dardenne brothers.
LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL
MELBOURNE: 17 Sept – 12 Oct
SYDNEY: 18 Sept – 12 Oct
CANBERRA: 23 Sept – 15 Oct
PERTH: 24 Sept – 15 Oct
BRISBANE: 1 Oct – 22 Oct
ADELAIDE: 2 Oct – 22 Oct
BYRON BAY: 9 Oct – 15 Oct
HOBART: 16 Oct – 22 Oct
For more information, venue details and to purchase tickets click HERE.
To celebrate the festival’s return, we have ten general double passes to give away. For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us in 25 words or less which film you’re most excited about in this year’s line-up and why?
Competition closes 12pm Monday 8 September.