This year’s edition of Paolo Rotondo’s Cinema Italiano festival opens in Christchurch later this week. The festival visits seven centres, concluding its run in Napier in December.
The festival boasts an impressive 20-title line-up (not all play all centres), with a few high-profile titles in the mix.
Beofre most of us were born, William Wyler’s romcom Roman Holiday, led by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, was already considered a classic. Winner of three Oscars (including one for Hepburn), the films has returned to cinemas regularly since its 1953 bow.
Also Italian, but neither romantic nor comedic, Gianfranco Rosi’s 2016 Berlinale winner Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) (pictured, top) examines the struggles Italy – among other countries – faces with the arrival of waves of refugees and illegal immigrants.
The festival dates are:
Christchurch 14 – 25 June
Nelson 16 – 23 June
Tauranga 7 – 16 July
Havelock North 26 July – 2 August
Auckland 31 August – 14 September
Wellington 1 November – 14 Nov 2017
MTG Napier 1 & 2 December
All the festival info is available via Cinema Italiano