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New Zealand gets a taste of la dolce vita

Oct 24th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News

 

A scene from "Lessons in Chocolate"

A scene from "Lessons in Chocolate" courtesy of http://www.italianfilmfestival.co.nz

ITALIAN romantic comedies strike a chord in New Zealand with their heartfelt themes on the trials of modern Italian society.

Italian Film Festival director Tony Lambert says romantic comedies are always popular in New Zealand and those from Italy are deeper, “with a little bit more to them, more reality of life”.

The films, presenting sadness and humour, social and political issues, and comedic romance, are being screened in Wellington this week.

Tony gives Claudio Cupellini romantic comedy Lessons in Chocolate as an example. “It is a light and fluffy film that has a good message about illegal immigration and issues about employment and Italy at the moment buried with it.”

The fact that Italian cinema has changed a lot in the last decade has helped New Zealand’s Italian Film Festival, says Tony.

“Younger directors are starting to make more commercially attractive films and therefore the younger generation in Italy is viewing more Italian films than they ever have done, which is really good for my festival.”

Tony travelled to the international film festivals at Cannes and Berlin to select the 17 films of various genres, based upon their entertainment value.

The Cathay Pacific Italian Film Festival is screening at the Embassy Theatre and ends on October 28.

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