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Padroni di casa (The Landlords)



Padroni di casa (The Landlords)

padroni posterCinema Italia 2022 - Multi-ethnic Italy: the new Italians

The Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney once again renews its collaboration with Palace Cinemas in 2022 by presenting a series of screenings dedicated to some of the most significant contemporary cultural and social aspects of Italian life as well as representative figures of Italian cinema, including those only recently appeared to notoriety.

This year the series takes up the title Multiethnic Italy: The new Italians forcibly abandoned in 2021 due to the pandemic, and includes a series of contemporary Italian films that will illustrate Italy which after having been, in the last century, a country of departure for third-party destinations in recent decades it has become a destination for emigration.

Screenings will take place at the Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Leichhardt. Patrons will receive a flute of prosecco upon arrival.

The films will be preceded by a brief introduction by at least one guest who is different from time to time, to whom, at the end of the screening, the public can also ask some questions. The moderator will be Ginevra Prin.

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 Antonia Rubino, Associate Professor of Italian Studies & Cristiana Palmieri Research Affiliate of Italian Studies, both from the University of Sydney.


  • 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, June 07, 2022

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Palace Cinemas

Entrance : With fee


Palace Cinemas Norton Street, Leichhardt