Rediscover some of the finest films of the first decade of the Festival with this hand-selected collection of under-seen gems: films that were never released theatrically in Australia, but which inspire, entertain and represent the best in contemporary Italian filmmaking.
The Consequences of Love THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE
Le conseguenze dell'amore (IFF 2004)
Director: Paolo Sorrentino 2004 | 100’ | 35mm

An ice-cool existential thriller that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim and marked director Paolo Sorrentino as a director to watch. Titta (Toni Servillo), an aloof former stockbroker, lives anonymously in an anonymous hotel. The clues and secrets to Titta's isolated existence slowly reveal themselves, and the enthralling conclusion of this mesmerizing tale will leave you breathless.
Certi bambini (IFF 2004)
Director: Adrea & Antonio Frazzi 2004 | 94' | 35mm

Eleven-year-old Neapolitan orphan Rosario (Gianluca di Gennaro) lives in the suburbs with his bedridden grandmother. He and his two pals drink, smoke, steal and generally imitate the worst of the adult world around them. Their regular hangout is also the stomping ground of the local underworld, and this contact leads to devastating consequences. The emotional impact of this powerful, nuanced film has been compared to the award-winning CITY OF GOD.
Romanzo Criminale (IFF 2006)
Director: Michele Placido 2005 | 152’| 35mm

Combining a determined feel for the tense loyalties of underworld alliances with a flair for period detail, Michele Placido's absorbing gangster epic rides full steam through Italy's years of terrorism and corruption, and offers a gangster's-eye view of recent history as three juvenile delinquents plot and claw their way to full mob-hood.
Good Morning, Night GOOD MORNING, NIGHT
Buongiorno, notte (IFF 2004)
Director: Marco Bellocchio 2003 | 105' | 35mm

From acclaimed filmmaker Marco Bellocchio (opening night film VINCERE), this multi award-winning drama is based on the true story of the kidnapping of Italy's former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978, a crime which stunned the nation, and a story which chillingly resounds in a time when terrorist cells and fundamentalism are proliferating around the world.
L’imbalsamatore (IFF 2002)
Director: Matteo Garrone 2002 | 101' | 35mm

An excessively small older man, an excessively tall younger man and a mysterious young woman form an odd triangle in this twisted Italian film which premiered in Director's Fortnight at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and for which the impressive Ernesto Mahieux won the Italian Academy Award (David di Donatello) for Best Supporting Actor that year. The film is engaging for its suggestive rendering of the disquieting milieu surrounding the three loners, an atmosphere rife with suppressed emotion and hatred.
Viaggio segreto (IFF 2007)
Director: Roberto Andò 2007 | 103’ | 35mm

Stars Alessio Boni as a psychoanalyst in his forties who lives with his younger sister, Ale (Claudia Gerini). When Harold (director Emir Kusturica), a famous and hugely successful artist, announces his intention to marry Ale - and as a wedding present, to buy back the family's ancestral home - Leo becomes desperate to prevent the transaction and returns to his native Sicily to confront a past he had cut out of his life…
Centochiodi (IFF 2007)
Director: Ermanno Olmi 2007 | 92' | 35mm

The final feature film of acclaimed director Ermanno Olmi who won the Cannes Palme d'Or in 1978 for The Tree with the Wooden Clogs follows a young theology professor (Raz Degan) as he retreats from his complex university life in Bologna to a deserted farmhouse on the River Po, abandoning everything - friends, family and all material possessions. Around this homestead weave stories of love and friendship between the professor and the local inhabitants that he meets in a spontaneous understanding where all things are possible.
Anche libero va bene (IFF 2006)
Director: Kim Rossi Stewart 2006 | 104’| 35mm

A profound and touching film about two young children and their father who are abandoned by the most important woman in their lives, their mother and wife. Seen completely through the eyes of eleven-year-old Tommy, with his sister Viola, at times a merciless bully, and his father Renato (Rossi Stewart), a seemingly harsh and unjust disciplinarian. For the three, an almost routine peace has settled over their motherless home until Stefania (a heartrending Bobulova) suddenly reappears to upset the precarious equilibrium again…
Angela ANGELA (IFF 2002)
Director: Roberta Torre 2002 | 95' | 35mm

Angela (Donatella Finochiarro) runs a shoe market in a run-down Palermo neighbourhood, and is an accomplice to her much older Mafioso husband’s illegitimate enterprises - even though his cohorts frown on a woman taking a hands-on role in the business. Angela thrives on the luxury, the money, and especially, the risk. Yet her thirst for passion leads her into the arms of her husband's handsome new right-hand man, and she soon finds herself in more trouble than she ever imagined. Based on true events.
My Mother's Smile MY MOTHER’S SMILE
L’ora di religione (IFF 2002)
Director: Marco Bellocchio 2002 | 102' | 35mm

Marco Bellocchio’s uncompromising psychological drama stars Sergio Castellitto (Don’t Move – IFF04) as a successful illustrator of children's books who is amazed to discover that his mother - murdered years earlier by his brother - is being considered for sainthood by the Vatican. Nothing could come as a greater shock to this staunch socialist-atheist, who finds himself drawn into a shadowy, surreal netherworld of decadent priests and cunning politicians. His one way out: the impossibly angelic young woman (Chiara Conti) who appears at his door, claiming to be his son's grade school teacher.