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Welcome to the Festival

Elysia Zeccola

For 21 years we have shared our love for cinema and Italian culture by presenting the best new films from Italy on the big screen. This year might look a little different: we will be sitting further apart and we will blow kisses instead of launching into a warm embrace, but when the lights go down and the film rolls, we will all escape to Italy together.   

This year, Italian cinema mourns the loss of legendary Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone. During his impressive seven-decade career, he composed over 500 scores and worked across many genres from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns to Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso. The Festival will close with another well-known Tornatore-Morricone collaboration, Malena, which not only opened our inaugural Italian Film Festival, but 2020 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Italian release. 

Thank you to our loyal audience, our partners and especially our new Principal Partner ST. ALi Coffee - we love their Italo Disco blend now available at Palace Cinemas nationally* and we look forward to sharing with you an exciting selection of award-winning gems and box office hits.

Viva il cinema italiano!

Elysia Zeccola
Festival Director