The Lavazza Italian Film Festival has announced the first 12 titles from this year’s program, which will run at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro from 20 September to 8 October.

“The Venice, Rome, Berlin and Cannes film festivals have featured an exciting range of star-studded Italian films in the last 12 months and we are excited to be presenting them on the big screen,” said festival director Elysia Zeccola.

“The festival is a celebration of Italian cinema, language, culture and la dolce vita and you can’t find that sitting on your couch at home.”

The first list of titles include:

Fortunata, Sergio Castellitto’s emotionally charged tale of a single mother fighting for her independence.

2017 Nastri d’Argento Award winner for Best Comedy, It’s the Law! (L’Ora Legale) from directing duo Salvo Ficarra and Valentino Picone. The film follows small town politics in the Sicilian village of Pietrammare where the tainted leadership of a crooked mayor is set to be challenged.

The hilarious new comedy Messy Christmas (Non c’e Piu Religione) is set on the small island of Porto Buio where the town mayor tries to find a child to play baby Jesus in the traditional Christmas nativity scene. However, as the island birth rate has been zero for years, the only solution may be to change Jesus’ nationality, and even his religion!

Winner of the Italian Golden Globe for Best Comedy, Francesco Amato’s Let Yourself Go! stars Toni Servillo as a Jewish psychoanalyst who lives on the same floor as his ex-wife Giovanna.

After a minor illness, his doctor prescribes physical activity and at the gym he meets Claudia, a personal trainer who will change his life.

In Wife & Husband (Moglie e Marito), a couple is on the verge of divorce after ten years of marriage, but when a scientific experiment leaves their bodies seemingly irreversibly swapped, they have no choice but to live each other’s lives.

Other films include documentary Naples ’44, body-swap comedy Wife & Husband, and drama I Was a Dreamer.

Register for updates about the film festival here. The full program will be announced in August.

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