Palace Cinemas
in conjunction with Luna Palace Leederville and ST. Ali announce the 2020 ST. Ali Italian Film Festival running from Thursday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 14. 

The film festival is set to showcase Italian-based film, culture, stories and language screening at Palace Cinemas Raine Square, Luna Palace Leederville, Luna on SX (Fremantle) and Windsor Cinemas (Nedlands).

The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival will open with a new live-action version of the classic fairy tale Pinocchio. From the Director of Gomorrah and Dogman, Matteo Garrone’s seven-time Nastro d’Argento Award-winner is an enthralling gothic fantasy starring Roberto Benigni as the woodcutter Geppetto.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary – and in honour of the late great Ennio Morricone, one of the world’s greatest film composers – the festival will close with Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena starring Monica Bellucci.

The centrepiece selection for the 2020 program is Marco Bellocchio’s multi-award-winning crime drama The Traitor (Il Traditore) (pictured above), which was the big winner at Italy’s 65th David di Donatello Awards – the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. The film sees Pierfrancesco Favino deliver a powerhouse performance as Tommaso Buscetta, a Sicilian Mafia boss-turned-police informer.

There will also be two Special Presentations this year: Ferzan Ozpetek’s award-winning new film The Goddess of Fortune (La Dea Fortuna), featuring an all-star cast including Stefano Accorsi, Edoardo Leo and Jasmine Trinca. This will screen nationally along with the short film Being my Mom, the directorial debut of aforementioned actress Jasmine Trinca, starring Alba Rohrwacher and Maayane Conti, which is currently in competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

The second Special Presentation screening is Martin Eden, by acclaimed writer and director Pietro Marcello. The award-winning drama provocatively transports Jack London’s 1909 novel about a self-taught and outspoken writer to a pivotal moment in Italy’s pre-war history.

The 2020 ST. Ali Italian Film Festival will run from Thursday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 14 at Palace Cinemas Raine Square, Luna Palace Leederville, Luna on SX (Fremantle) and Windsor Cinemas (Nedlands). For the full program and to buy tickets, head to www.italianfilmfestival.com

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