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20 October - 14 November
Now in its 22nd year, the ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace returns to cinema screens with the best new Italian films as well as classic gems of Italian cinema with a focus on contemporary cinema that tells the stories from today’s Italy, plus a selection of classics honouring the country’s filmmaking tradition, this edition features a sensational line-up of much-loved stars and exciting emerging talent. 

The Festival will open with the Australian premiere of THE TIES (Lacci) which opened last year’s Venice Film Festival. Daniele Luchetti's sumptuous marriage-in-crisis drama spans a 40-year period in Naples and Rome, and boasts an all-star cast including Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Laura Morante and Silvio Orlando.
Other highlights include:
HIDDEN AWAY (Volevo nascondermi) – Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear winner Elio Germano delivers a powerhouse performance in this multi award-winning biopic about the troubled life of celebrated artist Antonio Ligabue.
THREE PERFECT DAUGHTERS (È per il tuo bene) – a comedy hit that sees three friends hinder the love affairs of their daughters starring Marco Giallini (Perfect Strangers, God Willing) alongside Vincenzo Salemme and Giuseppe Battiston.
YOU CAME BACK (Lasciami andare) – starring Stefano Accorsi as a man who finds himself torn between the past and the future, this dramatic thriller was the Closing Night film of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival.
The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival is the biggest Italian film festival in the world, so don’t miss your chance to see the best films the country has produced in the last year, accompanied by a ST. ALi coffee, vino, or aperitivo, as we celebrate la dolce vita and the magic of cinema.
Festival Director Elysia Zeccola said, “We have been bringing Italian stories to Australian cinemas for over 20 years. Never has it been more important to provide a much-needed escape and the chance to become immersed in another world."

All films in Italian with English subtitles

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