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LIFF19 The Legend of the Christmas Witch

Paola Cortellesi takes on an Italian folklore character with a feminist twist in this offering from director Michele Soavi (The Goodbye Kiss, 2006) which was a surprise box office smash hit in Italy this year. 

By day, Paola (Cortellesi) is an ordinary school teacher, beloved by her pupils. But at night she undergoes a transformation and becomes La Befana, the Christmas Witch – a magical creature who brings gifts to good children. But Paola has an enemy: Mr. Johnny is an evil toymaker whose childhood was ruined by the Witch’s failure to bring him the gift he wanted. Seeking revenge, Mr. Johnny kidnaps Paola. A group of six of Paola’s brave pupils who discovered their teacher's secret identity will undertake an extraordinary adventure to rescue her. But can they save Paola and Christmas, before it’s too late? A feast for the eyes and heart, The Legend of the Christmas Witch is pure fun for the whole family.

AWARDS

NOMINATED: Best Visual Effects, David di Donatello Awards 2019

REVIEWS

"A gothic fairy tale for all the family" - CINEUROPA

MOVIE INFORMATION

RELEASE DATE
Tuesday 17th September

DURATION
98 min

RATING
PG

CAST
Fausto Maria Sciarappa, Paola Cortellesi, Stefano Fresi

GENRE
Film Festival

LANGUAGE
Italian with English subtitles

PARTICIPATING CINEMAS
Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Verona, Palace Westgarth, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Cinema Paradiso

Event starts
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Event Ends
Tuesday 17 September, 2019
Venue
Various venues
Venue Address
Various venues
Location

National, , Various venues

Website
Palace Cinemas (opens in new window)
Category
Screenings, Festivals & Programs