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Sydney, 2023 edition of the Bangalow Film Festival

Sydney, edizione 2023 del Bangalow Film Festival
Sydney, edizione 2023 del Bangalow Film Festival

The Bangalow Film Festival returns in 2023 with its third edition, and the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney is delighted to confirm its support for this festival which will once again offer a unique selection of Australian premières, classics and documentaries, as well as offer the public the opportunity to meet special guests and participate in a whole series of surprise events.


The 2023 Festival will also present the animated film No Dogs or Italians Allowed, an Italian and French co-production directed by French director Alain Ughetto. Alain Ughetto provides us with a love letter to his grandparents, Luigi and Cesira, peasantsno dogs from the Piedmont region of Italy, where there is too much war, too many children, and not enough food. The only option is to emigrate, and France is hungry for manual labourers prepared to do whatever it takes to put polenta in the pot. Ughetto’s charming animation is his way of honouring manual labour, as he provides his nonna and nonno with houses made from cardboard and forests made of broccoli. The effect is quietly magical in this tribute to his family, and to all families forced into exile in order to survive.

Other films that will be presented also include the classic Strictly Ballroom, which launched Baz Luhrmann onto the international cinema scene, and the visionary Moonage Daydream, the acclaimed feature film dedicated to David Bowie, released in 2022.

christian pazzagliaThis edition of the Bangalow Film Festival will again be curated by Christian Pazzaglia, with whom the Institute has been collaborating for years on various projects, and who founded the film festival after his move to northern NSW. Christian is an internationally active multidisciplinary curator and producer who has collaborated with institutions such as Sydney Opera House, ACMI, NFSA, Sydney Film Festival, Dark Mofo, IDFA, Art Basel, EYE Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, M+ Hong Kong, Pro- Helvetia, Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française.

For the complete program of the Festival and to book tickets, visit the website:

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