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FILIBUS by Mario Roncoroni



FILIBUS by Mario Roncoroni

cinema rebornCinema Reborn 2021

After a forced break due to pandemic restrictions, the collaboration between the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney and Cinema Reborn resumes this year.

In the vast panorama of films screened around Sydney, Cinema Reborn plays a particular role because it offers Australian and international films that have made history in the art of cinema, often presenting them in a new, restored version.

In addition to numerous films from various sources, in 2021 the association's steering committee included three Italian feature films. These are the works of two of the best known and most appreciated Italian directors, Le amiche (The Girlfriends) by Michelangelo Antonioni and Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti, as well as a gem of the silent era, Filibus, directed in 1915 by Luca Roncoroni and accompanied by the recording of a recorded orchestra performance, arranged by the US distributor.

The Festival will be held from 30 April to 2 May 2021 at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick, opening on Friday, 30 April, withfilibus poster Antonioni's film, continuing on Saturday 1 May with Visconti's masterpiece, to end on Sunday, 2 May, with the magical atmosphere of the silent movie.

Of note, with a view to cultural exchange between Australian and Italian cultural entities, is the consolidated collaboration between Cinema Reborn and the Cineteca di Bologna Foundation "L’Immagine Ritrovata".

Filibus (1915), di Mario Roncoroni, 76’

Cast: Valeria Creti, Cristina Ruspoli, Giovanni Spano, Mario Mariani

This delightful Italian crime caper finds the titular Filibus (Valeria Creti) traversing the skies in her airship, ready at a moment’s notice to be lowered into the abodes of the wealthy to secretly steal their riches. When the renowned Detective Kutt-Hendy (Giovanni Spano) is put on the case, Filibus must reach even greater levels of duplicity to stay one step ahead of capture.

filibus internaFilibus, which has recently been described as “the most exciting, witty, feminist, steampunk, cross-dressing aviatrix thriller you will ever see”, was rescued and restored by Amsterdam’s Eye Film Archive.

Introduced by Susan Potter, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney.

Information and bookings: 


Date: Sunday, May 02, 2021

Time: At 2:00 pm

Organized by : Cinema Reborn

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Randwick Ritz, 45 St Pauls Street, Randwick