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Padroni di casa (The Landlords)



Padroni di casa (The Landlords)

ali 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, ends with the screening of the movie Padroni di casa (The Landlords) by director Edoardo Gabbriellini.

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.

Padroni di casa (The Landlords)
By Claudio Giovannesi, 2012, 90’

Equal parts drama, comedy and thriller, The Landlords is a riveting film from actor-turned-director Edoardo Gabbriellini with a sensational cast including legendary real-life singer Gianni Morandi, making a return to the big screen after 40 years. Cosimo (Valerio Mastandrea) and Elia (Elio Germano) are two young brothers dreaming of success in the construction business. They travel from Rome to a remote Apennines mountain village where they have been contracted to rebuild a villa for the retired singer Fausto Mieli (Morandi), a divisive local figure who is planning a comeback concert. With their natural big city arrogance, Cosimo and Elia draw hostility from the locals, and in particular the male population. Tensions are further heightened as a young local woman, Adriana (Francesca Rabbi), flirts with Elia and dreams of running away with him. Even in thepadroni interna film’s idyllic mountain setting there is a sense of foreboding throughout, as the conflict between outsiders and villagers subtly builds to a climax with repercussions for the whole community.

Q&A with Lucia Sorbera, Chair of Arabic Studies at the Sydney University, and Francesco Borghesi, Chair of Italian Studies at the Sydney University.


  • 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, November 16, 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