Three months ago, we voiced our eager anticipation for the fourth iteration of Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival, the film festival that brings an enticing selection of Italian talent to the fore each September. At the time, feeling well overdue some sun and a dose of quality culture, it felt as though we would have to wait indefinitely for the tenth month to roll around — but spring is finally here, and so, too, is Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival — and we’re booking in our tickets quicker than you can say that’s amore.
This year’s festival, with Peroni as the sponsor and Studio Italia holding the naming rights, will commence Tuesday 17th September in Auckland, after already gracing screens around the country (including some newcomers, with Taupo, New Plymouth, Masterton, Cambridge and Martinborough hosting the festival for the very first time.) The line-up is set to be one of the finest Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival has ever put together, a marriage of contemporary Italian cinema — like the gripping thriller The Girl In The Fog — thought-provoking documentaries, like the culinary-focused I Villani, and classic masterpieces taken from Italy’s rich history of cinema. (A rundown of the films we’re eagerly awaiting can be found here.)
To truly get you geared up for the film extravaganza, Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival will be kicking off the festivities with an Open Night Film on the evening of Tuesday 17th September. For just $30, culture vultures can indulge in a sublime celebration of Italian innovation — think free-flowing Peroni, San Pellegrino upon arrival, stuzzichini from Gusto at the Grand and live music from Napoli Central — before the first film, There’s No Place Like Home, opens the festival. (Tickets to which can be found here.) And if that’s not enough to get you whipped up into a frenzy, we’ve also teamed up with Peroni and Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival to give away a double pass to the festival to one lucky Denizen. For more information and entry, click here.
*This competition has now closed. Congratulations to Will Graham*
Studio Italia Cinema Italiano Festival Auckland will take place between 17th September and 30th September at the Bridgeway Cinema. For dates, bookings, tickets and more information, click here.