Presented by Palace Cinemas, the 2017 Lavazza Italian Film Festival will return to Brisbane on 20 September. Italian/Australian actor Greta Scacchi is the festival’s ambassador.

Scacchi is best known for her award-winning performance in Looking for Alibrandi. She has also been in a multitude of international films such as White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player. Eager to celebrate the culture of Italian film, she will be participating in Q&As at selected festival screenings.

The festival’s Opening Night Gala will feature the award-winning comedy Let Yourself Go! (Lasciati Andare)

Directed by Francesco Amato, it stars Toni Servillo as the uptight psychoanalyst Elia, a man whose life is turned around when he becomes entangled in the vivacious life of personal trainer Claudia (Veronica Echegui), a woman who is well-versed in matters of the body but less so of the mind.

The Italian Film Festival’s closing night will feature a special 20th anniversary screening of Roberto Benigni’s classic film Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è Bella). Benigni plays Guido, a young Jewish man married to Dora (Nicoletta Braschi). Together, they have a 5-year-old son (Giorgio Cantarini) When World War II breaks out, the family is transported to a death camp. Guido tries to shield his son from the horror and convinces him that the camp is an elaborate game.

Points are won against the guards by staying hidden and concealing fear.

The cinematic pieces shown between the two films range widely when it comes to style and emotion. The winning film will be decided upon by a jury featuring Italian born Australian actress and Festival Ambassador Greta Scacchi, Radio National film critic Jason di Rosso, director Ruth Borgobello, actor Daniela Farinacci, actor Damian Walshe-Howling and BVLGARI Australia Managing Director Brad Harvey.

LIFF will be presented by Palace Screens at the Palace Barracks and Palace Centro from 20 September to 8 October.

For further details about the event and to get your tickets, click here.

Read more about LIFF here.