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marina posterCinema Italia 2021 - Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians

The Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians film series, which represents a continuation of the fruitful collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute with Palace Cinemas, and which includes a series of movies whose central topic is the phenomenon of migration to Italy, continues with the screening of the movie Marina by Belgian director Stijn Coninx.

The movie will be introduced by Antonella Beconi, Convenor for Italian at the Centre of Continuing Education, University of Sydney, who will also moderate the Q&A session at the end of the movie.

By Stijn Coninx, 2013, 118’

A gloriously entertaining biopic that tells the true story of beloved singer, songwriter and accordionist, Rocco Granata, from his early life as an immigrant in Belgium to his emergence as a worldwide musical phenomenon with his 1959 song Marina, one of the biggest international hits of that era. 1948 Calabria, in Southern Italy: Poor local worker Toto Granata (Luigi Lo Cascio, The Best of Youth) leaves his wife Ida (Donatella Finocchiaro,marina interna Angela) and two children to work in the Belgian mines, promising to return wealthier. But like countless others, instead of returning after a few years as planned, his family is forced to join him and adjust to a new life as immigrants in a foreign country. It is here Toto’s only son Rocco discovers his sole joys lie in young love and the music that will eventually immortalise him. This impressive coproduction is directed by multi award-winning filmmaker Stijn Coninx (When the Light Comes and Oscar-nominated Daens) and produced by the Dardenne brothers. The international cast includes charismatic newcomer Matteo Simoni as Granata as well as a cameo by the 75-year-old Granata himself!

Q&A with Marina Freri, executive producer at ABC for RN breakfast, Jason Di Rosso film critic, ABC, and Thomas Campi, illustrator and cartoonist, author of graphic novel Macaroni!


  • Full price: $20
  • IIC members, Palace Movie Club members & Students: $15*

* University of Sydney, UTS, UNSW, Macquarie University, Centre of Continuing Education students

Information and bookings:


Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Palace Cinemas

Entrance : With fee


Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Leichhardt