The 16th Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace, will be launched by Megan Gale on Tuesday 15th September in Sydney and Wednesday 16th September in Melbourne, followed by 36 days of Festival programming around Australia.


The Australian actor and model has had a long love affair with the Italy and it’s culture, having launched her career there in 1999. “Italian film is so beautiful to watch, very dramatic and personable. Italians are fantastic film makers and very passionate about the world of cinema”, says Megan.


Audiences alike will delight in the elegance, beauty and boldness that is Italian cinema with 32 beautifully crafted films, including brand new comedies, gripping dramas, romantic tales, crime thrillers, engaging documentaries as well as experimental and fantasy cinema.


The award winning box office smash hit, GOD WILLING (SE DIO VUOLE), a laugh out loud comedy starring Alessandro Gassman, Marco Giallini and Laura Morante, will kick off the Festival around the Country. Other notable films include a new restoration of the Academy Award nominated THE CONFORMIST (IL CONFORMISTA), which will see the return of acclaimed director Bernardo Bertolucci to the big screen; PEREZ, starring Italian Golden Globes Best Actor winner Luca Zingaretti; BLACK SOULS (ANIME NERE), an elegant, seething and expertly-directed, award-winning thriller by Francesco Munzi; as well as AN ITALIAN NAME (IL NOME DEL FIGLIO), by Francesca Archibugi, which took out both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor at the most recent Nastro d’Argento Awards.


This year, naming rights partner Lavazza are celebrating 120 years of unforgettable moments. Authentically Italian, Lavazza have been mastering the art and science of coffee for four generations.


Exclusive to Palace Cinema locations, program and ticket information can be found at 


NSW – Tue 15 September – Sun 11 October: Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street & Chauvel Cinema

VIC – Wed 16 September – Sun 11 October: Palace Cinema Como, The Astor Theatre, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Kino Cinemas

SA – Thu 17 September – Wed 07 October: Palace Nova Eastend

BYRON – Fri 18 September – Sun 27 September: Palace Byron Bay

ACT – Tue 22 September – Sun 11 October: Palace Electric

WA – Thu 24 September – Wed 14 October: Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX

QLD – Thu 1 October – Sun 18 October: Palace Barracks & Palace Centro

HOBART –  Thu 15 October – Thu 21 October: State Cinema

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