Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2018: "Boys Cry"
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival is upon us once again. The Festival will be feeding punters with some of the best Italian cinema the continent has to offer. The best films of the festival in my view, are those insightful and challenging productions that take you beyond the idyllic Tuscan wine regions or the fashionable, metropolitan cities of Milan, and into the dirtier social environments which are forgotten.
One of this year’s features films, Boys Cry, directed by newcomer twins Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo does just that. The original Italian title of, ‘The Land of Just Enough’, perhaps plays into this sentiment. In this film, a tragic accident was the catalyst for best friends Mirko and Manolo to essentially join the Roman mafia.
The film follows a cyclical story where the boys engage in immoral acts, reap the financial benefits of their crimes and then internally struggle to suppress their guilt. No concessions are made for the abhorrent behaviour, however the viewer sympathises with the’ impoverished existence. Unsurprisingly, the boys become devastatingly obsessed with their high-rolling career path.
Boys Cry captures some of the uncomfortable truths about Italy, which is what makes it one of the more riveting films in this year’s festival programme. Most of the films will be showing at the recently renovated Cinema Paradiso, the home of WA film festivals.
If you are looking to do something special tomorrow evening, at 6pm, Paradiso will be putting on a special screening of ‘Love and Bullets’. On arrival guests will receive a Blood Orange and Bitters Sofi Spritz while enjoying live entertainment before sitting down to the special screening of the box office hit Love and Bullets. On exit, guests will also receive a special Italian Film Festival recipe card plus a 200g fresh linguine pasta sample pack thanks to Golden Ravioli.
The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace Cinemas and Luna Palace Cinemas comes to Perth runs until Oct 17 at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX. With over 30 of the latest and greatest from Italy’s best filmmakers, there is no shortage of Italian passion, drama, romance and style for film lovers to enjoy! Check out the full programme at the website.