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ST. ALi Italian Film Festival



ST. ALi Italian Film Festival

pc logo 2Now in its 23nd year, the ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas returns to cinema screens across all the major Australian cities in October/November, presenting the best of contemporary Italian cinema as well as some classics. In Sydney the Festival will run between 13 September and 12 October.

In addition to a rich selection of films of every genre recently released in Italian cinemas, this year the Festival will present, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney, a retrospective dedicated to the great intellectual and film director from Friuli Pier Paolo Pasolini, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The retrospective will include films from the famous 'trilogy': The Canterbury Tales (which celebrates its 50th anniversary), Arabian Nights and The Decameron.

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a poet, director, screenwriter, writer, actor and playwright. However, he is known to the general public mainlypasolini 1 as a writer and film director. Profound observer of the changes in Italian society from the second post-war period up to the mid-seventies, as well as a at times controversial figure mainly because of his declared homosexuality, he often aroused strong controversy and heated debates for the radical angle of his opinions, very critical towards the bourgeoisie and the nascent consumer society, as well as against the 1968 political movement and its protagonists. Pasolini died in tragic and still not fully clarified circumstances on November 2, 1975.

The Italian Film Festival was inaugurated in 2000 by Antonio Zeccola, founder of Palace Cinemas, whose mission has been over the years the presentation and distribution in Australia of quality cinema, as well as dedicating regular annual events to the most interesting and successful movies of the international cinema production. Throughout the years the Italian Film Festival has attracted an ever-growing audience of over 80,000 people attending nationally.

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

For the complete program visit the Festival’s website: 


Date: Da Tuesday, September 13, 2022 a Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Organized by : Palace Cinemas

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Controluce

Entrance : With fee


Palace Cinemas, Sydney