Am­bas­sador role for Daniele

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

BASSENDEAN res­i­dent Daniele Foti-Cuz­zola is en­joy­ing ‘la vita bella’ af­ter land­ing a youth am­bas­sado­rial role as part of this year’s Ital­ian Film Fes­ti­val.

The 25-year-old, who re­cently re­turned from an Ital­ian sum­mer, joins ac­tor Greta Scac­chi as am­bas­sadors for the three­week fes­ti­val, which kicked off on Thurs­day with a gala event fea­tur­ing 2017 Ital­ian Golden Globe for Best Com­edy win­ner Let Your­self Go.

Mr Foti-Cuz­zola said he was ex­cited to be work­ing with Scac­chi and be in­volved with the fes­ti­val.

“The role ba­si­cally in­volves me liv­ing and breath­ing Ital­ian cin­ema for the next few weeks and I would not have it any other way,” he said.

“I’ll ba­si­cally be liv­ing ‘la

dolce vita’. I am a huge fan of (Greta’s) work, es­pe­cially Look­ing For Ali­brandi, which is my all-time favourite Aus­tralian movie.

“I just loved the ItaloAus­tralian ref­er­ences and the big tomato sauce mak­ing scene but I re­vis­ited it in high school and it’s such an im­por­tant film to me and one of very few films that paints a re­al­is­tic and non­stereo­typ­i­cal por­trayal of ItaloAus­tralians.”

Hav­ing re­cently ap­peared on SBS’s The Chef’s Line, the avid cook, who runs food blog Dine with Daniele, said while he had al­ways im­mersed him­self in Ital­ian cul­ture, he loved merg­ing it with his home coun­try.

“Both my par­ents were born in the prov­ince of Messina, Si­cily, and I’m so lucky to have had my par­ents bring me up with my cul­tural tra­di­tions here in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“I feel like I gen­uinely have the best of both worlds.”

He said it was im­por­tant for the fes­ti­val to have some­one with a fresh and cur­rent view of Italy.

Mr Foti-Cuz­zola, whose next move is to delve into bi-lin­gual chil­dren’s books, said his pick for the fes­ti­val was La Vita e’ Bella.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474119

Daniele Foti-Cuz­zola is the Lavazza Ital­ian Film WA Youth Am­bas­sador.

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