Italian Film Festival 2020

Palace Electric Canberra
1 to 18 October 2020

The 21st Italian Film Festival showcases a selection of the best new films from Italy, opening with a spectacular live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale Pinnocchio. From the Director of Gomorrah and Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s seven-time Nastro d’Argento award-winner is an enthralling gothic fantasy starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter Geppetto.

With dramas and comedies, the Festival includes films from locations including including Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cernobbio and Morocco.

Other highlights:

Marco Bellocchio’s multi award-winning crime drama The Traitor (Il traditore), which was the big winner at Italy’s 65th David di Donatello Awards – the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The Centrepiece selection for the 2020 program, this film sees Pierfrancesco Favino deliver a powerhouse performance as Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian Mafia boss-turned-police informer.

There will also be special presentations of Ferzan Ozpetek’s award-winning new film The Goddess of Fortune (La dea fortuna), which explores long-term relationships that change over time and features an all-star cast including Stefano Accorsi, Edoardo Leo and Jasmine Trinca; and Venice Film Festival Best Actor winner Martin Eden from acclaimed writer/director Pietro Marcello.

This award-winning drama provocatively transports Jack London’s 1909 novel about a self-taught and outspoken writer (Luca Marinelli) to a pivotal moment in Italy’s pre-war history.

Audiences can also escape to an Italian summer in comic trio Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo’s hilarious tale of friendship I Hate Summer (Odio l’estate), in which three families accidentally book the same holiday rental.

The festival screens around Australia.