The Italian School Committee and Maroochy Venue & Events are once again joining forces to present the Italian Film Festival 2005. The festival will run from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March. It will feature an even bigger and far more appealing selection of Italy's most highly acclaimed and award winning contemporary films that were presented in the Italian Film Festivals in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne last year.
This year's selection will include KISS ME FIRST, an epic and emotionally charged love story about a couple's search for each other after their separation during the Second World War. After the 2.30pm Sunday screening, there is a complimentary afternoon tea for Seniors … or Seniors can have afternoon tea then see the 4.30pm screening, THE MIRACLE.
Showcasing the quiet beauty of Southern Italy, THE MIRACLE tells the tale of a young boy who, following a serious accident, suddenly believes he has been given miraculous healing powers. The film isn't the typical exploration of the 'faith' healing angle but instead it examines how an incident can play into a person's need to believe or exploit.
GOOD MORNING NIGHT, a multi award-winning, unsettling drama based on the true story of the 1978 kidnapping of Italy's former Prime Minister, Aldo Moro, will be screened on Saturday. An informative look at the political system of the time and discussion on the film will be held in the Civic Foyer at 6pm. A story that chillingly resounds in a time when terrorist cells and fundamentalism are proliferating around the world, Good Morning, Night is an engrossing and intelligent exploration of the nature of imprisonment and the failure of radical ideology.
AFTER MIDNIGHT tells the story of Martino, a night watchman at Turin's Museum of Cinema. When a young woman running from the police finds refuge in the museum, their meeting is a wondrous though shattering discovery for both. Love, film citations and pensive commentary about the differences between reality and cinematic representation poetically interweave to create a unique and touching homage to the movies.
The Festival will open on Friday 4th March, with a screening of CATERINA IN THE CITY at 7.30pm. Caterina is a naïve country girl who moves to Rome with her socially ambitious parents. Newcomer to the screen, Alice Teghil (who plays Caterina), perfectly conveys the emotions of a totally confused young girl who can't decide whether to fit in or just be herself. This delightful film was an unexpected Italian box office smash hit and should not be missed. Because it was received so well by Australian audiences at the Festivals, it has been selected for a national release.
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.
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