This year’s signature image Italian Film Festival is taken from the movie Super hero (2021), a tender comedy-drama about mismatched couple Anna and Marco (Jasmine Trinca and Alessandro Borghi), which follows a decade-long passionate struggle to keep their relationship alive. In the image, the smiling couple can be seen driving a scooter down a narrow road, her hanging close to him as they round a bend, with the Mediterranean as a glistening backdrop. You can see why it was selected. It’s an iconic image – and while the scooter isn’t the classic Vespa, it’s a stand-in for one.
The Vespa made his film debut in 1950, four years after his market launch, in the Italian film august sunday (1950), and became a worldwide status symbol in roman holidays (1953) with the famous scene of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck crossing Rome on a metallic green Vespa 125. Over the past 70 years, countless actors have sat on the Vespa, which has appeared or even played leading roles in many films – comedies, dramas, action films, social commentaries – including footage of Charlton Heston in a Ben-Hur costume riding around a Cinecittà set and John Wayne looking almost as at home on horseback as on horseback.
Apart from Super herothere are several other rom-coms (all released in 2021) in IFF 2022, but none feature a Vespa: Break up in Rome, a tribute to the Italian capital, delves into the difficulties faced by a couple when they separate after many years together; blackout love maps a commitment-phobic volleyball coach who has completely figured out his life until his ex reappears; and With or without you upsets the way we look at a relationship crisis by following a couple who decide to separate amicably.
Actor and director Toni Servillo (The great beauty) appears in three films: as a lead in The King of Laughter (2021) – a biography of Neapolitan comic theater legend Eduardo Scarpetta – and plays major roles in The inner cage (2021) and The return of Casanova (2022).
Three documentaries are screened this year: Ennio – The Maestro (2021), by director Giuseppe Tornatore (CInema Paradiso), celebrates the legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone and features interviews with Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino and Bernardo Bertolucci, as well as the man himself before his death at the age of 91. Salvatore: the cobbler of dreams (2020), directed by Luca Guadagnino (call me by your name), traces the life of shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo in a love letter to the fashion icon and, tracing the birth of the Roman Empire, Power of Rome (2022) explores the wonders of the city and its history led by Roman native Edoardo Leo.
This celebration honors the centenary of the birth of the famous Pier Paolo Pasolini in a retrospective presenting three of his emblematic films: The Canterbury Tales (1972) on the occasion of his 50th birthday, Arabian nights (1974) and The Decameron (1971).
In all, there are 27 films in most genres.
ST ALI ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2022
At Palace James and Barracks, Brisbane, from September 21 to October 16, 2022 – https://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au/