Published on September 8th, 2021 | by Andrew Bistak


Due to the current uncertainty regarding the reopening of cinemas on the east coast, the ST. ALi Italian Film Festival presented by Palace will be moved from a traditional September launch to commence this October.

The highly anticipated Festival will be an antidote to current lockdown woes with new start dates planned for October 20th in Adelaide, Brisbane, Byron Bay and Canberra, October 21st in Perth, October 28th in Sydney and October 29th in Melbourne.

As previously announced, the Festival will open with the Australian premiere of Daniele Luchetti’s THE TIES (Lacci) which opened last year’s Venice Film Festival and will also include 2021 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner TO CHIARA (A Chiara); HIDDEN AWAY (Volevo nascondermi), starring Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear winner Elio Germano;  Marco Giallini in hit comedy THREE PERFECT DAUGHTERS (È per il tuo bene), and the dramatic thriller YOU CAME BACK (Lasciami andare), starring festival favourite Stefano Accorsi.

To add to these impressive highlights will be the Special Festival Presentation and Australian premiere of acclaimed director Nanni Moretti’s (Mia MadreThe Son’s Room) latest film THREE FLOORS (Tre piani). Featuring a tremendous ensemble cast, the film traces the disparate lives of three families who reside in the same apartment block in Rome’s stylish Prati neighbourhood.

In addition to the two new venues announced last month (Melbourne’s  iconic Pentridge Cinema and Cinema Nova Carlton), the Festival will also be screening at Palace Nova Prospect Cinema in Adelaide and Windsor Cinema in Perth.

The ST. ALi Italian Film Festival remains the biggest Italian film festival in the world. Festival director Elysia Zeccola says “October can’t come soon enough, we can’t wait to get out of lockdown, relish in ‘la dolce vita’ and rediscover the magic of cinema.”

The full programme will be announced in late September when tickets go on sale. 

The 2021 ST. ALi Italian Film Festival will take place nationally from 20 October  in the following cities:

Canberra  20 October – 14 November, Palace Electric
Brisbane  20 October – 14 November, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks
Adelaide 20 October – 14 November, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas and Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas
Perth 21 October – 14 November, Palace Raine Square, Luna Leederville, Luna on SX and Windsor Cinema
Byron Bay  22 October – 7 November, Palace Byron Bay
Sydney 28 October – 21 November, Palace Norton, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema and Palace Central
Melbourne 29 October – 21 November, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, The Kino, Pentridge Cinema, The Astor and Cinema Nova

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When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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