Italian Film Festival

Latin Lover

Info: Comencini, Italy, 2015, 104 mins, DCP

Language: In Italian with English subtitles

Director: Cristina Comencini

Cast: Francesco Scianna, Virna Lisi, Marisa Paredes, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Angela Finocchiaro, Jordi Molla.


  • Friday January 8, 2016 - 7:15 pm
  • Monday January 11, 2016 - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday January 14, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Saverio Crispo (Francesco Scianna), a dashing fictional film idol, has been dead for 10 years but still exerts a powerful magnetism. In the Italian comedy Latin Lover, the women in his life gather in his hometown for a memorial service and reunion attended by his two wives, Ramona (Marisa Paredes) and Rita (Virna Lisi, in her final screen appearance) and assorted offspring. He left behind five daughters from relationships in different countries.

The movie, filled with comic intrigue, has an outstanding performance by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who plays his French daughter. Saverio’s legacy is commemorated in witty bogus film clips in which the star suggests a composite of Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman and other vintage Italian screen heartthrobs.



Opening Gala tickets are $25 and include a buffet courtesy of the Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, live music by Cory Weeds Trio, complimentary glass of wine and first look at an exhibition of photographs from the making of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s classic, The Arabian Nights (screening in the festival, Saturday night).

Doors are at 5.45 pm, the film is at 7.15 pm, and check out the special double bill price if you would like to stay for Fellini’s marvellous “I Vitelloni“, screening at 9.30 pm.

Tickets to the Opening Gala and for the double bill “Latin Lover”/”I vitelloni” can be purchased HERE.