Family and film at festival

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The concept of ‘family’, in all its many forms, will hit the big screen at this year’s Italian Film Festival.

The festival returns to Arrowtown’s Dorothy Browns after a successful inaugural run last year.

Festival director Paolo Rotondo says small towns are “really hungry for culture” and for different per-spectives.

“Kiwis are really well-travelled people, and Italians are really loved.

“There’s quite a good following for us.

“You can imagine how cool it is for us to go to little boutique cinemas in places like Arrowtown or Waiheke Island, where you’ve got the right kind of audience.”

He reckons this year’s highlights will include Gabriele Muccino’s ensemble piece, There’s No Place Like Home, and Fellini’s remastered classic 8 1/2

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘family’, and how it shapes everything in Italian culture.

“For millennia, family has been an important social con-struct in Italian society, and this year’s festival celebrates family in all its manifestations.

“It is perhaps my own perspective, or age and stage, that has allowed me to harvest this theme from so many films,” Rotondo says.

“I believe that the attitudes and values around family remain one of the great cultural assets of Italian society.”

The festival runs from August 21-25.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz