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Italian Film Festival: spaghetti but no westerns

Italian Film Festival, Auckland, 11 September 2009: The 2009 Cathay Pacific Italian Film Festival had its media launch in Wellington on Wednesday night. The festival will screen for two weeks in seven cities around the country, with a gala opening in each centre. For the first time, the festival will screen in Tauranga.

17 films, all in Italian with English subtitles, will screen between the end of September and early December, depending where you live.

The festival rolls through Auckland (30 September – 14 October), then Wellington (14 – 28 October), Christchurch (21 October – 4 November), Dunedin (28 October – 11 November), Nelson (4 – 18 November), Napier (11 – 25 November) and finally Tauranga (18 November – 2 December).

2009 is the fourteenth consecutive year the festival has run, and the tenth for naming rights sponsor Cathay Pacific.

Festival Director Cav. Tony Lambert said the selection represented the broadest offering of films to date, continuing the aim of extending the scope of the festival. “Whilst romantic comedies are my first choice … I want to bring other genres that demonstrate the rich variety of Italian cinema.”

Sponsor DHL Global Forwarding will be lugging the 375kg of film from Italy and back and forth across the country.

Prepare for summer by soaking some balmy Mediterranean atmosphere and drinking (responsibly!) sponsor Peroni’s beer.

Check local press or the festival website for screening times and information about the programme.

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