2017 LAVAZZA ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL – interview with festival director Elyssia Zeccola-Hill

by GREG KING The 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country from September 12. The opening night film is the comedy Let Yourself Go!, while the closing night film this year is Roberto Benigni's Oscar winning Life Is Beautiful. Screening during the festival is a range of contemporary comedies and dramas and award-winning films. This year the festival has a critics' prize, and six films are in competition. Greg speaks to festival director Elyssia Zeccola-Hill to find out more about what is on offer during the festival this Continue reading

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia in September. The opening night film is the Golden Globe Award winning comedy Let Yourself Go! Tenderness, the new film from director Gianni Amelio will be followed by Q&A sessions hosted by Greta Scacchi. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 INDIVISIBLE. The centrepiece film screening at this year's festival is the gritty and vaguely disturbing drama Indivisible, which won four Donatella Awards, the Italian equivalent of the Oscars. Conjoined at the Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across Australia in July. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 16, 2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival, which is screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. It is the latest film from Finnish auteur Aki Karismaki, and is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Karismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the Continue reading

MESTEREN (THE MAN) – interview with Charlotte Sieling

by GREG KING The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is currently screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. One of the films screening is The Man (aka Mesteren), which looks at a dysfunctional father/son relationship and jealousy within the contemporary Copenhagen arts scene. The director is Charlotte Sileing, who has directed episodes of tv series like The Killing, Borgen, and US series Homeland.  Charlotte was in Melbourne to introduce screenings of her film and participate in Q&A sessions. Greg caught up with Charlotte to chat about her film and her Continue reading

AMERICAN ESSENTIALS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with artistic director Richard Sowada

by GREG KING The American Essentials Film Festival 2017 screens at Palace Cinemas around Australia in May. This specially curated program features a range of the latest and most vibrant new independent films from America, with some filmmakers in the early stages of their careers. There is also a Masters and Masterpieces sidebar that features newly restored prints of some classics like The Graduate, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. All the new works are drawn fresh from some of the top international film festivals, like Venice, Sundance, Toronto and SXSW. Continue reading