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Cottesloe Film Festival

  • Cottesloe Civic Centre 6011 Cottesloe AUSTRALIA (map)


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Genre: Comedy / Drama
Directed by: Paolo Genovese
Cast: Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini, Edoardo Leo, Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Kasia Smutniak
Runtime: 97 mins
Country of Origin: Italy
Language: Italian, with English subtitles

Winner – 2016 Italian Academy Awards (Best Film, Best Screenplay) 
Winner – 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (Best Screenplay) 
Official Opening Night Selection – 2016 Lavazza Italian Film Festival

The multi award-winning new comedy of manners from Paolo Genovese is a fiendishly clever take on decorum in the age of modern technology, and poses the question: how well do we really know those close to us? 

The titular perfect strangers are actually seven long-time friends (three couples and one bachelor), all 40ish, who gather one night for a dinner party and agree that no private calls or messaging will disrupt their evening. Instead, in a communal fit of ‘we have nothing to hide’ bravado, they place their devices on the table, and all incoming calls and texts are shared with the group. (Letting a caller know they’re on speaker is considered a cheat). But what seems at first like an innocent and playful distraction between friends quickly turns into something more, as the messages start to reveal some eye-opening secrets and how little they may truly know about the partners and acquaintances opposite.

Fairly bristling with of-the-moment talking points about the wonders and complications of modern technology, PERFECT STRANGERS became a box office sensation in Italy. Thanks to its superb, rapid-fire dialogue and terrific ensemble cast, the film effortlessly transitions between incisive comedy and emotion, delivering a fresh and wildly entertaining spin on the many ways performance has come to define our public lives.

Earlier Event: February 7
Food & Music
Later Event: February 11
Cottesloe Film Festival