Australia's 15th Lavazza Italian Film Festival Has An Effervescent Lineup

Editor; Australia (@Kwenton)
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival playing across Australia is now in its 15th year. The festival has brought the best mainstream and accessible Italian festival titles to Australian shores and this year is no exception. The festival is tighter than ever with some highly curated and impressive program segments that are as delectable as any top tier cucina menu.

Check the gallery below for more on the festival, as well as my top five most anticipated films.

The festival runs from 17th September to 22nd of October. Check the website for further details per state and city.

The festival opens with Italian blockbuster hit Marina, which explores the hit song of the same name and the musician's life behind it. It closes with a retro classic, Vittorio De Sica's Marriage Italian Style.

Delights on offer include Top Shelf: Direct from Cannes titles that accentuate the fantastic niche festival fare, including Monica Bellucci's latest, The Wonders.

The Drammatico Italiano segment offers something for everyone however, with its fifteen films focusing on family drama, comedy and nostalgia. Those Happy Years is a seventies-set period film filled with passion and pain a narcissistic artist tries to establish himself in the cut throat Milan art world while balancing his family.

If the drama gets a bit too much to handle, balance it out with the Laughing, Italian Style section; offering kitchen, loner, Freudian and bromance comedies, each with the special Italian touch. University: More Than Friends about some college students that share a mascline pact and live in harmony while studying, until girls enter the picture and complicate everything. Actress Nadir Caselli who plays Giorgia in the film will be a festival guest.

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