Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The Tenderness of La Tenerezza (Gianni Amelio, 2017)

Rarely these days - with mainstream Hollywood blockbusters being churned out at a constant speed - do we find small yet big films that explore the very depths of our emotions and encapsulate the essence of our human existence, with all its beauty and many heartaches.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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6/9/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Il padre d’Italia - a feisty film covering universal themes

Fabio Mollo’s 2017 film Il padre d’Italia has been called “una storia di amore assoluto, puro e universale” [1] . The film has received favourable critical acclaim and audience ratings and appeals to the viewer aesthetically and from a both narrative and moral perspective. [2]

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Jytte Holmqvist

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13/6/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

A fortunate screening: Fortunata (2017) captivates Melbourne viewers

This year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival (Melbourne 14 September - 8 October, 2017) offered a selection of fine films, some of which have recently been released.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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15/1/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Carpignano's A Ciambra makes it to the Oscars

In keeping with neorealist traditions, Italo-American cineaste Jonas Carpignano’s second full-feature film (co-produced by Martin Scorsese) A Ciambra is shot on location in the Reggio Calabria seaside municipality of Gioia Tauro, on the Tyrrhenian coast.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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6/3/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

Luca Guadagnino's film is a serious contender for the Oscars

Set in a non-specific northern Italian location - we are told the narrative about to unfold develops “somewhere in Italy” - in the early 1980s and based on the 2007 novel by Sephardi Jewish writer André Aciman, Luca Guadagnino’s multi-award nominated new film Call Me by Your Name (or Chiamami col tuo nome in Italian) is an ageless celebration of love and life, of scenic beauty and parallel human beauty - particularly that of the male body.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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10/2/2018

Cinema & theatre
Art & culture

The Venice Film Festival and its role in bringing to the fore arthouse movies from all over the world

The Venice International Film Festival 2017 (30 August to 9 September) marked 74 years since its inception in 1932.

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Jytte Holmqvist

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4/12/2017

Speciale Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
Culture

Dogman ̶ Matteo Garrone’s successful return to noir

Attention-grabbing and non-conventional Dogman (2018) by Matteo Garrone is one of the films included under Special Presentations in this year’s Lavazza Italian Film Festival, and rightly so.

Speciale Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
Culture

Put grandma in the freezer - A given crowd-pleaser

Nastro d’Argento award-nominated black comedy Put Grandma in the Freezer (Metti la nonna in freezer, 2018), codirected by Giancarlo Fontana and Giuseppe G. Stasi, is one of the highlights in this year’s Lavazza Film Festival.

Speciale Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018
Culture

The ambition that drives Lazzaro Felice

Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) is a cinematic feat that spans across time and place and is rich in complexity. Winner of Best Screenplay at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and starring director Alice Rohrwacher’s sister as one of the supporting characters most instrumental for the development of the second part of the narrative, the film ambitiously tells the tale of a rural community and the ordeals its members are subjected to over the years.

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