The best of modern Italian cinema comes to the Healesville Memo and the Warburton Arts Centre with a program of four handpicked Italian cinematic releases that showcase the breadth of Italian film-making mastery. Italy is the home of many films that have become  classics in the world of cinema – from Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" with it's signature scene of Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain, to Roberto Bergnini in the 90s masterpiece "La Vita e Bella", Italian film is an insight into Italian life and culture.

During Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao, choose from an uninhibited, romantic, naughty, bursting with life ‘runaway’ story, a playful mafia musical, an ironical humorous Italian comedy, and a thriller with plenty of red herrings and brilliant twists. See all four!

Ridere - laugh like an Italian, piangere – cry like an Italian, and be part of a great story with these wonderful award-winning movies (with subtitles).

Nonnas on the Run

Angela and Franca decide to take the dream trip of their lives. They run away from their boring retirement home in Rome and make a daring getaway to fabulous Venice in this joyous, heart-warming on-the-road adventure where anything can – and does – happen.

Love and Bullets

Winner of five awards including Best Film at the 2018 Italian Academy (David di Donatello) Awards, this musical comedy, which first premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, tells the love story between a nurse and a mob’s hitman in Naples.

Blessed Madness 

Guglielmo is the owner of a religious items shop who just got dumped by his wife Lidia. Depressed and unable to enjoy anything else in life, he gets his daily routine turned upside down by his new employee, the very brazen and overwhelming Luna. When she convinces him to sign up to a dating app to forget about Lidia, Guglielmo embarks on an incredible series of absurd dates and out of this world situations!

The Girl in the Fog

A hazy mountain village, a tight-knit community, an enigmatic detective. Donato Carrisi makes his directorial debut with this riveting adaptation of his best-selling eponymous novel, The Girl in the Fog, which sold three million copies worldwide and made him one of Italy’s most beloved thriller authors.

See the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao calendar of events for screening times and more information.