5 Must See Films at the 2023 Italian Film Festival

5 Must See Films at the 2023 Italian Film Festival

Last Updated: 10 Aug 2023
Isabella Colton

The 2023 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace returns to Perth from September 28 – October 25! Prepare to be transported to the streets of Italy with a stunning selection of award-winning dramas, comedies, and documentaries. Now in its 22nd year, the festival brings a mixture of the best new Italian films and classic gems of Italian cinema screening at Palace Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema.

Here’s this year’s top 5 must-see films!

THE LAST NIGHT OF AMORE

L’ULTIMA NOTTE DI AMORE

The stylish, Milan set thriller follows a police lieutenant (played by Favino) who is drawn into a web of crime and corruption on the eve of his retirement and was a major Italian box office hit.

BURNING HEARTS

TI MANGIO IL CUORE

The first of two Special Presentations to be announced is the searing, intense crime story of love and revenge. Set in Puglia and shot in stunning black and white, it features singer Elodie in her first acting role, in which a forbidden love rekindles an old feud between two rival families.

CARAVAGGIO’S SHADOW

L’OMBRA DI CARAVAGGIO

Festival Special Presentation CARAVAGGIO’S SHADOW is an eagerly anticipated historical drama from writer/director Michele Placido, starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Isabelle Huppert. It explores the struggles of the notorious Renaissance painter as he is investigated by the Vatican.

A BRIGHTER TOMORROW

IL SOL DELL’AVVENIRE

Featuring an all-star cast, Nanni Moretti’s new film direct from the Cannes Film Festival, where it screened in competition, is a meta-comedy in which a movie director struggles with his relationship and family during the production of his latest film.

STRANGENESS

LA STRANEZZA

Starring Toni Servillo, STRANGENESS was declared Film of the Year at the 2023 Nastro d’Argento Awards and was a top box office performer in Italy. Inspired by true events, it follows playwright Luigi Pirandello on a trip to Sicily in the 1920s where he meets a pair of amateur actors – a meeting which brings great surprises.

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