Lavazza Italian Film Festival

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival returns for its 14th season, bringing with it all the romance, comedy and raw human emotion typical of the passionate Italian soul.

Boasting a line-up of 27 new titles and one classic, this year’s festival promises to enchant and inspire. The event will be book-ended by two extraordinary films, both of which pay homage to Rome, the eternal city. Starring the outstanding Toni Servillo, The Great Beauty (pictured) is a critically lauded drama about love and regret from writer/director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be the Place) will launch the festival at the Opening Night Gala on Tuesday, October 22. The Closing Night will see a special screening of the 1972 classic, Fellini’s Roma, a brilliantly vivid tribute from the late, great director, Federico Fellini, to the city he adored. An array of other gems is also lined up for the festival. A Five Star Life follows the glamorous hotel critic, Irene, who spends her days travelling to the world’s best establishments until she is forced to find a balance between work and play. Winner of Best New Director for Leonardo di Costanzo at the David di Donatello awards, The Interval takes us into the Camorra-ridden underworld in which 17-year-old Toto is forcefully enlisted. Another must-see is Mr Volare: The story of Domenico Modugno, which tells of the legendary singer’s incredible journey from a boy in the south of Italy to a world-renowned artist. Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2013 Tuesday, October 22 to Monday, November 11

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