Newcastle Italian Film Festival 2017: seven films spanning romantic comedy, drama and classics

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La dolce vita: Nick Moretti and Andrew Licata said they were proud to offer one of the few opportunities to enjoy European films in the Hunter. Guests at night screenings will enjoy Napoli Centrale pizza. Picture: Simone De PeakSTORIES about a powerful Mafia family;a dinner party tinged by secrets; and teenagers questioning their identities will illuminate the big screen at the eighth Newcastle Italian Film Festival.
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Organisers Nick Moretti and Andrew Licata expect about 1500 people to attend one or more of the seven filmsshowing during the festival, which has become a popular annual event on the region’s cinema calendar.

“There is a certain number of people who wait for it to come around and start asking when it will be on,” Mr Moretti said of their growing following. “That’s a good feeling to know that whatever it is we’re putting together is working and it’s enjoyable for people to come along.

“This isn’t a business enterprise – we just want people to feel good.”

The festival opens on November 3 with “dramedy” Perfect Strangers.It includes Where Am I Going?, which boasted the near equivalent of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ three-week ticket sales after its first weekend showing in Italy.

It closes on November 5 with the 1960 Sophia Loren classic Two Women.

“There are more romantic comedies than other genres in the festival, but If You Tell Me is a mafia biopic and and there’s also One Kiss, which features a gay teenager,” Ms Moretti said.

The festivalalso includes the awarding of the Dino Cesta Memorial Scholarship, which will provide a student with $2500 to study writing, music, visual arts or film and television at a tertiary level.

“The scholarship keeps Dino’s name associated with the festival,” Mr Moretti said of his friend and festival co-founder, who had motor neurone disease and died in 2015.

“When I need to make a decision I still think ‘What would Dino have done?’”

All films will be shown on the ground floor ofTower Cinema and have English subtitles. Guests at the night screenings will be offered complimentary continental treats from Delikacies, Burraduc Farm buffalo cheese, Angove wine, Napoli Centrale pizza and dolci or desserts from The Umbrian.

Net proceeds go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association NSW.

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