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Elysia Zeccola – Festival Director #ItalianFilmFestival

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This edition features a stunning selection of contemporary Italian cinema, a nod to Pier Paolo Pasolini on the centenary of his birth, and a spotlight on Naples, featuring Mario Martone’s Nostalgia selected at the Cannes Film Festival.

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PODCAST | Cristiana Palmieri interviews Elysia Zeccola, director of the Italian Film Festival.

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Festival Director Elysia Zeccola explores this year’s program that includes two very fresh films direct from their world premieres: Francesca Archibugi’s highly anticipated ensemble drama The Hummingbird (Il colibrì), direct from Toronto International Film Festival (Gala); and Gianni Amelio‘s Lord of The Ants (Il signore delle formiche), straight from Venice Film Festival (in Competition). The opening night film is the hilarious comedy Belli Ciao that delivers a light-hearted north versus south culture clash. The closing night film is a tribute to the best Italian cinema of the sixties, the Oscar-winning trilogy of romantic comedies Yesterday, today and tomorrow (Ieri, oggi e domani), set in different parts of Italy, with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni from acclaimed director Vittorio De Sica.

The Italian Film Festival opens in Sydney on the 13h September and it runs nationally in Australia at Palace Cinemas until the 19th October.

To discover more about the Italian Film Festival, click here.

  • Reporter
    Cristiana Palmieri
  • Guest
    Elysia Zeccola
  • Interviewee role
    Festival Director
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