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ST. ALi Italian Film Festival 2020



ST. ALi Italian Film Festival 2020

la dea fortunaThe Italian Film Festival was founded in 2000 by Antonio Zeccola who, in one of Australia’s many migrant success stories, built Australia’s only national boutique cinema network which now encompasses 22 cinemas and more than one hundred screens nationally.

Twenty-one years ago, Antonio realized that Australia had several other film festivals, but nothing dedicated entirely to Italian cinema, and an idea was born. The first edition of the Festival was inaugurated in November 2000 in Sydney and Melbourne with the screening of Bread and Tulips (Pane e tulipani) by Silvio Soldini. The event was a great success.

Organized entirely by Palace Cinemas, the Festival continues to present the best new pinocchiocontemporary Italian cinema and most cherished classics on the big screen. The movies are selected among those presented at the most prestigious international cinema festival such as the Venice, Cannes, Rome, Toronto and Berlin film festival.

Attracting over 80,000 film lovers nationally, the Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas is now the largest festival entirely dedicated to Italian cinema outside Italy.

As in the past, in 2020 the Festival will present, in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Sydney, a selection of the best contemporary Italian films with an historical and social content, comedies, romantic films, thrillers and more.

malenaThe Festival will open on 29 September in Sydney with the screening of Pinocchio by Matteo Garrone and will end on 18 October with the screening of Malena by Giuseppe Tornatore, a movie which received great acclaim in 2000.

The screening of Malena on 18 October at the Chauvel cinema in Paddington will be logo festival 2020 sitopreceded by a musical tribute to Ennio Morricone, sadly departed in July 2020. The musical tribute will be presented by a quartet directed by Maestro Francesco Celata, associate principal clarinet at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and clarinet teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The Institute's members will be entitled to a discount on the entry fee.

For the complete program of the Festival visit the website: 


Date: Da Tuesday, September 29, 2020 a Sunday, October 18, 2020

Organized by : Palace Cinemas

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Centra