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Cinema Italiano Festival - Coffee

Cinema Italiano Festival - Coffee

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  • Tue 6 Nov ’18, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sun 11 Nov ’18, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Wed 14 Nov ’18, 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Empire Cinema, The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington


All Ages


Told through a trio of loosely connected stories, Coffee explores human relationships through the drink that wakes the world up in the morning.

In Italy, out-of-work barista Renzo (Dario Aita), desperate to find a job doing what he loves, becomes ensnared in a roasting factory heist.

In Belgium, pawnshop owner Hamed (Hichem Yacoubi, A Prophet) is attacked one night by protesters who steal an antique coffee urn, resulting in a tense life-or-death struggle that mirrors Europe’s current immigration anxieties.

In China, Ren Fei’s (Fangsheng Lu), allegiance to his employer and future father-in-law is tested when their chemical plant jeopardizes the coffee plantations in his hometown. Especially when a local young artist (Zhuo Tan), shares with her a bold scheme to expand her father’s eco-friendly coffee farm.

Filmed across different continents and languages, Cristiano Bortone’s feature is also the first ever Italian co-production with China. Citing Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s 2006 Oscar-winner Babel as inspiration, Bortone’s Coffee is a panoramic snapshot of a globalised world in the grip of cultural and economic turbulence.

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