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Hand In Hand Art House will present the third Newcastle Italian Film Festival in 2012, which will be held at Tower Cinemas on King St from Friday November 16 to Sunday November 18. There will be seven Italian films screened at the event (all with English subtitles). All have been released in the past few years. There will also be pre-film cheese and wine events, along with music entertainment, on both Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.00pm.
On Friday November 16, there will only be one film to see at the festival, with Welcome to the South screening at 7.00pm. The film is an Italian take on the French hit Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks) and has been a box office success itself. It tells the story of Alberto, a postal working hoping for a transfer to Milan, who instead finds himself sent to the south. He expects the worst, but soon learns to love the area.
On Saturday November 17, you can see Reality at 11.00am. This satire of reality television and Italian culture won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes Film Festival this year. Another World (Un Altro Mondo) will be screened at 2.45pm. In this film, a wealthy 20-something is forced to leave his slacker lifestyle in Rome to visit his dying father in Nairobi and has to take responsibility for the half-brother he finds there. At 7.00pm, you can see Escort in Love (Nessuno Mi Puņ Giudicare), which follows a women who is forced to become an escort after her husband's death so she can pay her debts and keep her son.
Escort in Love
On Sunday November 18, The Ages of Love (Manuale d'amore 3) will be screened at 2.00pm. This romantic comedy is the third installment in the successful Manual of Love series and boasts an all-star cast that includes Robert de Niro and Monica Bellucci. At 5.00pm you can see The Entrepreneur, which received a number of awards at the Italian Golden Globes and shows the effects the economic crisis can have on love lives, with the main character Nicola believing his wife is having an affair, though she is really just trying to save him from bankruptcy. The final film of the festival will be Caesar Must Die, screened at 7.00pm, which follows prisoners at Rebibbia prison as they rehearse Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
Caesar Must Die
In addition to these popular and award-winning films, there will be a few other events occurring throughout the festival that you should look out for. On Opening Night, at 7.00pm, The Honourable State Member for Newcastle Mr Tim Owen will present a NSW State Government Premier's Community Award and tribute to Theo Goumas and the late Margaret Goumas for their services to Newcastle's cinema scene and community services. In honour of the Goumas', a video tribute produced by NBN Television will also be screened.
In conjunction with the festival, and in collaboration with Livesites and Newcastle Now, Hand in Hand Art House will also be hosting the Cosmopolitan Street Affair on Saturday November 17 on Crown Street from 1.00pm to 11.00pm. It will feature Italian music, entertainment, art works and outdoor dining, and offers a great way for the general public to extend the exposure to Italian culture they will get a taste of during the film screenings.
Tickets to the Newcastle Italian Film Festival are available now and can be purchased online. You can also get tickets by contacting (02) 4926 2233, or at the Newcastle King St Box Office. Tickets cost $15, with concession tickets only $13. You also have the opportunity to get multi-film passes. A four-film pass costs $48 and $44 for concessions. A seven-film pass costs $70 and $63 for concessions. Advanced bookings recommended, particularly for the Friday and Saturday night sessions. Like every other year, the net proceeds of the event will be donated to the Heal for Life Foundation.