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Italian Films

Film-lovers rejoice! Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney has announced the return of their FREE monthly Italian Film Series.

The first two screenings kick off the series by celebrating 100 years of legendary director Frederico Fellini. Considered Italy’s most pioneering and popular director, Fellini garnered countless awards and accolades in his time.

The year 2020 marks what would have been Fellini’s 100th birthday, so to celebrate the Italian Film Series begins with the lauded La Dolce Vita (Tues 23 June) before a screening of his most iconic and sardonic film, I Vitelloni (Tues 21 July). Contemporary Italian cinema will also feature as a part of series with 2009’s  rom-com Dieci Inverni (Tues 25 Aug) also screening.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, for the time being the Italian Film Series will be screened online with bookings essential.

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Online Screening of La Dolce Vita
Tuesday 23 June, 7pm 
Free admission; bookings essential | Click here to book

English Title: The Sweet Life
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Country: Italy
Language Production: Italian (with English subtitles)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: M

Duration: 180 minutes

The film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on his journey through the "sweet life" of Rome in a fruitless search for love and happiness.

Personaggio centrale è il giornalista Marcello Rubini, testimone e complice di un mondo caotico e volgare, cinico, privo di valori e soprattutto minato da un'insopportabile noia di vivere.

''Always a master of the grand tableau, Fellini captures Rome in staggering breadth, from the opening aerial shots of the city, the narrow streets, prostitutes' bedrooms through to aristocratic homes and around the historic landmarks on the back of a Vespa. He's like a tireless, voluble tour guide; you're never quite sure where he's going but you're compelled to follow'' (The Guardian)

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Online Screening of I Vitelloni
Tuesday 21 July, 7pm 
Free admission; bookings essential | Click here to book

English Title: The Idle People
Directed by: Federico Fellini
Country: Italy
Language Production: Italian
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: M
Duration: 105 minutes

Five young men linger in a post adolescent limbo, dreaming of adventure and escape from their small seacoast town. They while away their time spending the lira doled out by their indulgent families on drink, women, and nights at the local pool hall.

Vitelloni vengono chiamati, nelle città di provincia, quei giovani di buona famiglia che passano la loro giornata nell'ozio, tra il caffè, il biliardo, la passeggiata, gli amori inutili, i progetti vani. Tali sono, nella loro piccola città, cinque amici.

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Online Screening of Dieci Inverni
Tuesday 25 August, 7pm 
Free admission; bookings essential | Click here to book

English Title: Ten Winters
Directed by: Valerio Mieli
Country: Italy
Language Production: Italian
Genre: Romance
Rating: PG
Duration: 100 minutes

Born of a chance meeting in Venice, Silvestro and Camilla's rocky romance unfolds over 10 winters as new lovers come and go but they are eternally thrust back into one another's arms.

Dieci momenti casuali, ma sempre invernali, estrapolati da dieci anni successivi, raccontano la storia di due ragazzi, Silvestro e Camilla. Tutto inizia nel 1999, su un vaporetto a Venezia.