Italian Film Festival stars Sophia Loren’s ’64 classic Marriage Italian Style

Festival organiser Nick Moretti. Picture: Simone De Peak
Festival organiser Nick Moretti. Picture: Simone De Peak

HUNTER lovers of European film will be transported to the continent for a few magical hours during the sixth annual Newcastle Italian Film Festival.

Co-founders Nick Moretti and Dino Cesta have ordered a copy of the 1964 Sophia Loren classic Marriage Italian Style direct from Bologna to include in their program of seven films, which Mr Moretti said featured ‘‘comedy, drama with a sprinkling of romance’’.

‘‘People in Newcastle don’t get that many opportunities to see European films,’’ Mr Moretti said.

‘‘We’re not the only festival, there are a lot that come to Tower Cinemas, so at the start we took it year by year.

‘‘But soon we found we had a core following. The festival is now an important date on the social calendars of people of all ages, with just as many Australians who love European films coming along as Europeans, if not more.

‘‘There’s also a significant proportion of first generation Australians, like me, who come along because they can understand the language as well.’’

A still from Marriage Italian Style.

A still from Marriage Italian Style.

Mr Moretti and Mr Cesta said they were proud of their parents, who had emigrated from Italy to Newcastle, and wanted to keep their traditions alive for future generations.

‘‘But it’s not just about Italian culture, it’s about getting people of different nationalities to walk hand in hand, to respect and understand each other.’’

Crown Street, perpendicular to Tower Cinemas, will be closed on November 21 for the Combined Italian Auto Organisation (CIAO) to display their vehicles.

Ticketholders to the Friday and Saturday night films can enjoy complimentary pizza from Napoli Centrale, cheese from Delikacies – formerly known as Pina’s Deli – and beverages from Angove Wines.

All proceeds will go towards the Motor Neurone Disease Association NSW.

November 20 to 22, Tower Cinemas Newcastle. All films will have English subtitles and be screened on the ground floor. www.newcastleitalianfilmfestival.com.