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Q&A With Greta Scacchi – 2017 Italian Film Festival


Sat 23 Sep 2017, 6:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Cinema Paradiso, 164 James Street, Northbridge, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: kirbyscanlan

Join us for the 6:30pm session of Tenderness when festival ambassador Greta Scacchi, will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A hosted by ABC film critic Mark Naglazas.

Estranged from his family, a cynical widower grows close to his new neighbours in Gianni Amelio’s beautifully shot drama Tenderness, featuring festival ambassador Greta Scacchi (Looking for Alibrandi). Loosely based on Lorenzo Moreno’s award-winning novel The Temptation to Be Happy, this moving drama sees two domestic tragedies fold into one.

In post-WWII Naples, retired lawyer and proud native Bentivoglio (an award-winning performance by Renato Carpentieri, Open Doors) lives alone in a palazzo, at arm’s length from his adult children. The old man grows close to Elena (Micaela Ramazzotti, Like Crazy LIFF16), a new neighbour from the North, and befriends her husband, Fabio (Elio Germani, Suburra), as well. When a deadly blow sweeps both households away, Bentivoglio's daughter reaches out in the midst of the devastation, offering him a way back home to his family.

An acclaimed and distinguished filmmaker, Amelio won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival with The Stolen Children (1992), and was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language feature with Open Doors (1990). Recently he has ventured into the world of documentary filmmaking, but with Tenderness, Amelio is at his best as he returns to relationship dramas.

"It is a pleasure to watch Italy's top technicians at work." - The Hollywood Reporter

Best Film, Best Director, Nastri d’Argento Awards 2017
Best Actor (Renato Carpentieri), Golden Globes Italy 2017
Best Actor (Renato Carpentieri), Best Director, Golden Ciak Awards 2017

About Greta Scacchi

Italian-Australian actor Greta Scacchi has garnered an illustrious career, having won Emmy, AFI and Logie awards as well as being recognised with BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Thanks to her fluency in English, French and Italian, Scacchi has come to occupy a unique place on the international stage, with distinguished roles across continents.

Scacchi first shot to fame in 1983 as the sultry femme fatale in Heat and Dust. After the success of 1987’s White Mischief she landed roles in America, in films such as Wolfgang Petersen’s Shattered (1991), Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire The Player (1992) with Tim Robbins, and starred alongside Harrison Ford in Presumed Innocent (1990). She has also worked with prominent European directors acting in several productions including Margarethe Von Trotta’s Paura e Amore, Diane Kurys’ Un Homme Amoureux and the Taviani Brothers’ Good Morning Babylon. Recently she appeared in the popular BBC mini-series War & Peace (2016).

In 1975 Scacchi relocated to Perth where she made her stage debut at the New Dolphin Theatre. Her most well-known Australian role came about in 1999, with the beloved classic Looking for Alibrandi which earned her the AFI award for Best Supporting Actress.

Her theatrical repertoire includes Uncle Vanya in London, Sam Shepard’s Simpatico in Sydney, Italian production Vecchi Tempiof and A Little Night Music in France. Her theatre work has led her back to Perth for Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Dušan Makaveyev’s The Coca-Cola Kid.

Scacchi was honoured with the Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della repubblica Italiana – Italy’s equivalent of a knighthood, for services to the arts, at the Italian Embassy in London in 2013. On top of this year’s festival highlight Tenderness, Scacchi has a further two productions in the works for 2017: La ragazza nella nebbie and the second season of TV series Versailles.