Like a phoenix, there’ll soon be another Italian Film Festival in New Zealand, Following the demise of Tony Lambert’s long-running event, Orphans & Kingdoms director Paolo Rotondo stepped up last year to announce a new incarnation of an Italian festival. Cinema Italiano Festival NZ opens next week.
Delivering 16 titles, the festival will play Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington.
Opening with Cristina Comencini’s 2014 comedy Latin Lover the programme also includes one classic, Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 The Conformist, among the programme of contemporary titles.
The festival delivers a bunch of festival award winners from 2013, including Alessandro Rak’s animation The Art Of Happiness, a winner at Raindance; Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s 2013 European Film Awards winner The Mafia Kills Only In Summer (pictured, top); and Matteo Oleotto’s Zoran, My Nephew The Idiot, which took four awards at Venice. Also a winner at Venice was Gianfranco Rosi’s doco Sacro Gra.
Alice Rohrwacher’s 2014 coming of age story The Wonders, A winner in Cannes in 2014, is also named. Paolo & Vittorio Taviani have two titles in the line-up: comedy Wonderous Bocaccio and Berlinale-premiered Greenery Will Bloom Again, both from 2015.
The Cinema Italiano Festival NZ opens 4 May in Auckland, closing out its run in Christchurch on 25 June.