The Fourth Sunshine Coast Italian Film Festival
It's not Venice or even Sydney or Brisbane but the Italian School Committee and Maroochy Venue & Events are once again joining forces to present a taste of Italian cinema on the Sunshine Coast. The Italian Film Festival will run from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May and will feature some of Italy's most highly acclaimed and award winning contemporary films that screened in Festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin and around Australia last year.
This year's selection will include THE LIFE I WANT (La Vita Che Vorrei). A captivating and evocative new romantic drama, richly woven and handsomely crafted, this glorious film cuts straight and unapologetically to the heart. Two actors are cast opposite each other as a pair of lovers having a secret, forbidden affair. But it is not long before the make-believe of the film becomes intertwined with the intoxicating reality of their own true love story.
IN THE LIGHT OF THE SUN (Alla Luce Dell Sole) - an extraordinary, unsettling new drama, based on the tragic 1993 events that led to the assassination of the Catholic priest Father Giuseppe Puglisi - is set in a troubled time when the Mafia stepped up its aggression against the state with bomb attacks in Rome, Florence and Milan. Father Puglisi is outspoken against the mafia bosses, and even flaunts them in his attempts to help the kids stay off the streets and away from crime.
SACRED HEART (Cuore Sacro) is the recipient of 2 David Donatello Awards (The Italian Oscars!) for Best Actress and Best Cinematography. It is a wonderfully warm new drama, centring on a steel-hearted woman who inexplicably finds her redemption. She is an unscrupulous, successful businesswoman but when two of her friends commit suicide following her buy-out of their company, her soaring self-confidence begins to crack.
The Festival will open on Friday 19th May, with a screening of MANUAL OF LOVE at 7.30pm. It depicts four tales of love and betrayal: Tommaso meets and falls madly in love with the beautiful but completely uninterested Giulia; Barbara and Marco are an older couple losing the spark in their relationship; Traffic cop Ornella strays from her marriage, and meanwhile, melancholic paediatrician Goffredo isn't so lucky in trying to win back his wife. Entertainingly frank, snappy and engaging, the smash-hit new romantic comedy is Italy's biggest local box office success for many years. It was nominated for 11 David Donatello Awards of which it received the award for Best Supporting Actress & Best Supporting Actor.
The Official Opening Night function from 6.15pm will include complimentary wine on arrival, finger food and entertainment. The evening will be a fundraiser for the Italian School Committee with representatives from the Italian Consulate, Local and State Government and special guests. Tickets are limited for the Opening Night function and screening. They can be purchased at Maroochy Venues & Events on 5475 7777 or in person at the Nambour Civic Centre. For all other sessions, tickets can be purchased at the Cinema prior to the screening.
The Festival Films are restricted to persons 18 years of age. This relates not necessarily to the content of the films, but to the legal requirements as set by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. However, Manual of Love has already been rate (M) for mature audiences. All seating is unreserved and complimentary passes are not valid for the festival screenings. All films have English subtitles.
For more information & session times phone 5475 7777 for the Italian Film Festival 2006 flyer or check out www.mve.org.au.
Nambour Civic Centre, Nambour, Not Assigned
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