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If you’re after a little joy in your life, then Madeleine Martiniello’s documentary about a larger-than-life furniture salesman is here to deliver.
Palazzo di Cozzo follows aging patriarch, Franco Cozzo, who holds court over an iconic furniture empire.
A pioneer of low-fi television advertising, Franco’s tri-lingual catchphrase sparked a cult-of-personality as kitsch as his baroque bedheads. But his character is more than caricature.
Franco’s journey from rural Sicily to the high streets of Melbourne is marked by fame, fortune and family drama.
With ten children and a cult status to maintain, he’s a busy octogenarian. Meanwhile, his furniture tells its own story about Australia’s immigration history, gracing the homes of an evolving aspirational migrant class throughout the post-war era.
But what will Franco do when the world, and his clientele, begin to move on without him?
Palazzo di Cozzo is directed by Madeleine Martiniello – a documentary filmmaker based in Melbourne.
Sensitive to the quotidian, her work is inspired by people and places out oftime, and explores the complexities of memory and nostalgia.
A graduate from the Master of Film & Television at the Victorian College of the Arts,Madeleine directed the ABC Arts web-series The Unmissables, and her short films, Shore Leave, Afterword and Tomato Day have screened at festivals andgalleries both nationally and internationally.
Madeleine is also a founding member of the Artist Film Workshop, an artist-run collective in Melbournethat provides resources for working with analogue film. Since 2014, she has programmed the group’s public screening series of experimentaldocumentary and artist films, with a focus on mining the NFSA’s non-theatrical archive.
Palazzo di Cozzo is her first feature film.
Here’s where and when you can see Palazzo di Cozzo.
Luna Cinemas, Leederville WA
Luna Cinemas, Fremantle WA
Palace Nova Eastend, Adelaide SA
Hobart State Theatre TAS
Regal Twin, Graceville QLD
Palace James St, Fortitude Valley QLD
Wallis Cinemas, Mildura VIC
Village Cinemas, Geelong VIC
Randwick Ritz Cinemas NSW
Palace Norton St Cinemas NSW
Palace Electric Cinemas, Canberra ACT
Cinema Nova, Carlton VIC
Sun Theatre, Yarraville VIC
Rivoli Cinemas, Camberwell VIC
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick VIC
Palace Pentridge Cinemas, Coburg VIC
Palace Como Cinemas, South Yarra VIC
Pivotonian Cinema, Geelong VIC
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk VIC