We’re halfway through the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, so there’s still time to join the fun.

Okay, so I’m a bit late to the party on this one. We’re halfway through the Lavazza Italian Film Festival, so there’s still time to join the fun. The festival finishes on October 17th.

The Italian Film Festival is now in its 19th year and presents the best Italian films from the last 12 months. The program includes 37 feature films and documentaries. So far I’ve managed to see Boys Cry. Below are a couple of others that sound interesting.

Review: Boys Cry

Winner of Best First Film at the 2018 Nastrid’Argento Awards, Boys Cry is a crime thriller set on the outskirts of Rome. It traces the story of teenage best friends Mirko and Manolo who spend their days in school and their nights delivering pizza. One night while driving the streets of Rome, the boys are involved in a fateful hit-and-run. An accident, one brief moment that changes their lives forever. In an attempt to cover up the crime the boys turn to the local Mafia for help. This sets in motion a relationship that leads to the inevitability of being part of the underworld. This slow mover won’t be for everyone but is a strong reminder of being careful what you wish for.

WINNER: Best First Film, Nastrid’Argento Awards 2018. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Panorama, Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2018.

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My Big Gay Italian Wedding

A comedy about newly engaged Antonio who brings his fiancé Paolo home to meet his headstrong parents. The men decide to celebrate in the stunning old Italian village where Antonio grew up. Problem is the town is founded on traditional religious beliefs. While Antonio’s mother immediately supports his intentions, her husband Roberto (Diego Abatantuono) Mayor, is much more reluctant. Throw in a couple of wacky roommates (including popular singer Diana del Bufalo) and the aisle to the altar is paved with hilarity, hi-jinks and lots of love!

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Seattle International Film Festival 2018. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Opening Night, OUTshine Film Festival Miami 2018. NOMINATED: Best Supporting Actor, Golden Ciak Awards 2018.

The Girl in the Fog

A hazy mountain village, a tight-knit community, an enigmatic detective. The movie is based on a best-selling novel, The Girl in the Fog, which sold three million copies worldwide. The Girl in the Fog brings us to a remote mountain village where the inscrutable Detective Vogel (Toni Servillo) is investigating the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Two days before Christmas, fifteen-year-old Anna Lou disappears in the mountains of Avechot. But the fog that has swallowed her hides a greater mystery. In Avechot nothing is what it seems and nobody tells the whole truth. Served by multi-award winning actors (Servillo, Jean Reno, Léon: The Professional, 1994) and a story line just as cunning as its characters, The Girl in the Fog is an entertaining and complex story where misleading red herrings and brilliant twists keep you guessing until the very end.

Winner of Best New Director at the 2018 Italian Academy (David di Donatello) Awards.

Put Nonna in the Freezer 

Is it acceptable to swindle the state when the state swindles you? This is the doubt that grips Claudia (Miriam Leone), a young art restorer who manages to make ends meet thanks to her grandma’s pension. She is forced to do this because the Superintendence is late paying her for a recent government job. When her grandma suddenly passes away bankruptcy seems to be looming, so Claudia, with the complicity of her staff, “freezes” her grandma so she can continue to collect her pension until the state pays her what she is due. Just when the solution to Claudia’s problems seems close, Simone Recchia, the most incorruptible – and clumsiest – officer in the Tax Police turns up. Amid ingenious deceptions, disguises and misunderstandings, the young art restorer’s scam will begin to melt like a frozen grandmother in the sun.

NOMINATED: Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy, Nastrid’Argento Awards 2018. NOMINATED: Best Supporting Actress, Golden Ciak Awards 2018. NOMINATED: Best Comedy at the 2018 Nastrid’Argento Awards.

For more information about these movies and others go to Luna Cinemas and Palace Cinema

Closes October 17th

Glennys Marsdon
Most kids grow out of asking ‘but why’, Glennys didn’t. So she trained as a psychologist and established The Customers’ Voice, consumer psychology consultancy in 2000, where she researches why we do what we do. After losing her partner in 2005 she understood the importance of making the most out of life, and began The Ponder Room blog, to help people do just that. By ‘having a go’ she now has a monthly column in a magazine, three non-fiction books published, been nominated for a Telstra Business Women’s Award, and profiled by US internet guru Seth Godin in a worldwide competition about people making a difference. She firmly believes in living a positive life and following your passion.