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Manual of Love 2, the sequel to the hit romantic comedy Manual of Love (IFF 2005) will open the 2007 Italian Film Festival touring Australian cities from September to November. The festival has its heart in the right place, with several films celebrating love in various forms, including Forever Vespa, What Is Love and The Get Together Dinner.

Directed by Giovanni Veronesi and starring Carlo Verdone, Monica Bellucci, Sergio Rubini and Barbora Bobulova, Manual of Love 2 explores the innermost recesses of the human heart through four inter-connecting stories that depict that most mysterious of emotions, in all its frailty.

This year’s festival will be somewhat of an echo of the David Di Donatello Awards (Italy’s Oscars) with the latest movies from renowned directors such as Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (The Lark Farm), Pupi Avati (The Get-Together Dinner), Ferzan Ozpetek (Saturn in Opposition), Francesca Comencini (Our Country), Roberto Ando (Secret Journey) and Ermanno Olmi, whose feature film One Hundred Nails marks the end of his career as a director of fiction.

The films feature a variety of European stars, such as Stefano Accorsi, Laura Morante, Margherita Buy, Valeria Golino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Claudio Santamaria, Paz Vega, Tcheky Karyo, Diego Abatantuono, Maria Schneider, Emir Kusturica, Moritz Bleibtreu and rising stars Elsa Pataky, Riccardo Scamarcio and Ambra Angiolini.

Highlights from the 2007 programme include:

The Get-together Dinner (La Cena Per Farli Conoscere)
Director: Pupi Avati
A touching comedy about three stepsisters playing cupid for their father, a jaded TV star whose career has seen better days. As lacerating as it is comical, Avati’s first film set in Rome shines against the sparkling backdrop of Christmas in Italy.

Saturn in Opposition (Saturno Contro)
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Multi-award-winning Italo-Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek, (Facing Windows) takes a compelling look at a group of friends, who are forced to re-examine the very essence of their relationships with one another.

One Out of Two (Uno Su Due)
Director: Eugenio Cappuccio
A refreshingly real depiction of a successful businessman’s emotional rebirth following a major health scare. In his hospital room, he meets a truck driver, marvellously played by one-time Pasolini regular Ninetto Davoli, who seems to understand him better than he understands himself.

The Night Before Finals (Notte Prima Degli Esami)
Director: Fausto Brizzi
Set in the 80s, Fausto Brizzi’s clean-cut teens stumble through crushes and cramming in this gently ironic high school comedy which reigned supreme at the Italian box office, delighting youthful audiences drawn by the new cast, and older audiences, keen to reminisce.

One Hundred Nails (Centochiodi)

Director: Ermanno Olmi
A young theology professor retreats from the complexities of university life, abandoning friends, family and all material possessions in the process. Living in a deserted farmhouse, he befriends the local inhabitants, and gradually realizes that all things are possible


Sept 19 to Oct 7: Palace Balwyn, Como & Westgarth
Sept 26 to Oct 15 : Palace Norton Street & Academy
Oct 11 to Oct 28: Palace Centro Cinemas
Oct 18 to Oct 31: Cinema Paradiso & Luna on SX
Oct 25 – Nov 7 : Palace Nova Eastend
Nov 2 to Nov 11: Liverpool Picturehouse
Nov 8 to Nov 11: Greater Union Manuka

Published August 30, 2007

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