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Bangalow Film Festival 2024

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From 7 to 16 March 2024, at the Bangalow A&I Hall, an international cinema program will be screened, with over 20 national premieres, 4 special events and 3 masterclasses focused on some of the most significant talents of the Northern Rivers.Italian cinema could not be overlooked by such a program, which presents indeed two Italian productions, both national premières: Cocoricò tapes by Francesco Tavella (2023) and Posso entrare? An ode to Naples by Trudie Styler (2023).

Since 2020, when the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney decided to support the first edition of a film festival organized almost 1000 kilometers from the pulsating center of Sydney, in northern NSW, the collaboration with BFF has been one of the pillars in the IIC mission to develop the promotion of Italian culture also in other locations within its widespread jurisdiction. 2024 sees the renewal of this collaboration with the BFF, which returns for the fourth edition, and sees once again sees the masterful presence of the event’s curator, Christian Pazzaglia.


Cocoricò tapes 

The 90s in Italy have been creative and destructive years, in which everything seemed both possible and at the same time close to collapsing. These were also the golden years of the Italian Romagna Riviera, the destination of a generation answering the call of dance music. And there, in the iconic pyramid-shaped nightclub called “Cocoricò,” a chapter of the history of international clubbing was written, starring Loris Riccardi – the young art director of a club destined to become the most transgressive in Europe and certainly the most radical in Italy. Riccardi transformed the dance floor into a place of provocation, where everything was permitted in the name of art. 

Posso entrare? An ode to Naples

Naples – city of passion, culture and fervid creativity, but also of abandonment and crime. Trudie Styler explores the narrow streets and the many facets of the most complex and contradictory Italian city, to create a heartfelt love letter to Naples, depicting the contrasts of beauty and sorrow, of light and darkness that characterize it. A multi-faceted portrait featuring the Rev. Antonio Loffredo, actor Francesco Di Leva, writer Roberto Saviano and artist Jorit. Not to mention Styler’s husband, Sting who sings the song “Fragile” for the inmates of the Secondigliano prison.

 Christian Pazzaglia is an international and multidisciplinary curator and producer who has collaborated with the Sydney Opera House, ACMI, NFSA, Sydney Film Festival, Dark Mofo, IDFA, Art Basel, EYE Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, M+ Hong Kong, Pro- Helvetia, Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française. Since 2020 he has been the director of the Bangalow Film festival.

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