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