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Cinema Italiano Festival in New Zealand



Cinema Italiano Festival in New Zealand

roma citt apertaThe Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year it will collaborate with Cinema Italiano Festival in New Zealand, for the staging of a film festival focused on contemporary Italian films.

Cinema Italiano Festival, an institution wanted and created by Paolo Rotondo and Renee Mark, passionate cinephiles, is now in its seventh edition. What at the beginning was a limited review with screenings concentrated in a single city, has become in a few years a festival that covers the entire national territory. From Auckland to Wellington, from Christchurch to Whatakane, from Tauranga to Takapuna and then Nelson, Napier, Palmerston, Dunedin, Blenheim, lovers of Italian cinema in Aotearoa will benefit from a current vision of Italian society.

Furthermore, unlike many of the film festivals organized globally, which generally last a few days, the peculiar characteristic of this festival is that the projections take place over a period of seven months, in 20 different cinemas in rotation. This makes the "Cinema" product usable to a large number of spectators.

The 2022 program sees as many as 22 recent films in a program that also includes astromboli mini retrospective which the Institute has promoted and will present: the one dedicated to the Master of Neorealism Roberto Rossellini. These are the two masterpieces Stromboli and Rome, Open City interpreted by two historical icons of world cinema: Ingrid Bergman and Anna Magnani.

The Institute also wanted to put its seal on Michelangelo Frammartino's recent Il Buco, presented at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in 2021.

Paolo Rotondo is a New Zealand director, writer and theater and film actor. Born in Naples, Italy, to a Neapolitan father and a New Zealand mother of Irish descent, he grew up in Italy and moved to New Zealand at the age of eleven. Rotondo is best known for his character Andrew Solomon on the New Zealand p. rotondo e r. marksoap opera Shortland Street. In 2016 he released his debut film Orphans & Kingdoms with great critical acclaim. He starred in the New Zealand film Stickmen. As a writer Rotondo has written for cinema and theater.

Renee Mark is Māori, from Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa in Reporoa, New Zealand. Born to a Māori mother and an Irish father, she grew up in Hawke’s Bay before attending Victoria University in Wellington obtaining a Law degree and a double major in Māori and Psychology. In 2003, she was accepted into the Random House Associate Programme in New York, in 2007 she was the Chief Executive of Te Paepae Ataata - the Māori Film Commission and in 2013 she was one of 12 Aucklanders to be awarded a place on the prestigious year-long creative enterprise accelerator programme Art Venture. In 2016, she started the Cinema Italiano Festival with her husband, Paolo Rotondo.

For further information go to the Festival’s website: 


Date: Da Thursday, June 16, 2022 a Saturday, February 11, 2023

Organized by : Cinema Italiano Festival

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


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