Joe Pantoliano starred in From the Vine. Photo / Provided
Joe Pantoliano has been taken to the meadow, literally, in a film about finding yourself in the Italian countryside. Pantoliano, who changed our minds in Christopher Nolan’s Memento, copied us in The Matrix, and ran with the masses in The Sopranos, now making wine in the beautiful Italian city of Acerenza.
Yes, Pantoliano’s career path is distinctive; Quality actors reach retirement age and horned shoes become “twilight films”. Think Diane Keaton, Bill Nighy, and, well, pretty much all of the Marigold Hotel cast. However, there is something interesting about the film “find yourself in retirement” that has caught the eye of its viewers – so much so that it has become a genre in itself and From the Vine has become firmly rooted in its center.
Based on Kenneth C. Cancellara’s book, Finding Marco, this film tells the story of Marco Gentile, a famous executive from Toronto who suddenly moves and moves to Italy to look after his late grandfather’s abandoned vineyard. Driven by the nostalgia for his upbringing and the heartless nature of his job, Marco’s late-life crisis reaches a climax where, among the sunbathing vines, he tries to make up for the environmentally destructive nature of the company he once worked for. revive the old vineyard.
With its local centric plot and testing the moral consequences, I would expect to be treated to some raw Italian neo-realism (I think some film marketing even suggests this). But From the Vine couldn’t be further away from it, instead opting for an easy-to-digest comfortable feeling vibe that accidentally drops like a cheap red hue.
Cunning cinematography flaunts rural Italian landscapes with all the dream travel brochures – maybe not what we need in this non-tourist era, but it’s undeniably beautiful to look at.
Director Sean Cisterna, whose back catalog includes other sweet sentimental films like Kiss and Cry, looks right at home here. And while it never fully explores the theme and contains more of a cliché than cheap wine labels, From the Vine does have its essence in the right place. It also provides the perfect opportunity for Pantoliano (which is easily the best thing about the film) to dip his toes in the pool of an acting retired village. Come on, Joe, the water’s warm.
Reviewer: Toby Woollaston Director: Sean Cisterna Cast: Joe Pantoliano, Paula Brancati, Wendy Crewson Runtime: 97 minutes Censorship: M, Offensive language Verdict: Very far from a full bodied drop but still quaffable in an inoffensive manner
We’ve all spent more than enough time looking inside our homes this year. With long awaited warm weather finally creeping up on us, it’s time to let go of those cobwebs and take advantage of all the exciting events and festivals happening around New Zealand this summer – because we’ve had a little fun.
Arguably New Zealand’s center for great food and fine wine, Hawke’s Bay hosts 10 days and over 60 events for this delicious festival. The Food and Wine Classic features the best of local restaurants, wineries, brewers and producers joining forces for an unforgettable program, in some of the country’s most stunning locations, from street food festivals to exclusive evenings combining art and food and honeycomb to tables high tea. see fawc.co.nz for details.
starting 27 November
Nothing says Summer is like the start of a five-day trial match, and despite what 2020 throws at the world, the Black Caps will face Australia, Bangladesh, West Indies and Pakistan in the upcoming 2020-21 season. Games will be played across the country, and include T-20, ODI and test matches. see nzc.nz for all the details.
You you you or
December 5 – March 31
Staged in the heart of Britomart, this is the official Toi tū Toi ora satellite show at the Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand’s largest contemporary Māori art exhibition in nearly 20 years, including 300 works by more than 120 Māori artists. see aucklandartgallery.com for more details.
Wearable Art World: Up Close
12 December – 14 February
If you’ve ever wondered what actually goes into these incredible creations, here’s your chance to experience a World of Wearable Art like never before. The in-depth exhibition at Wellington’s Te Papa showcases more than 30 extraordinary outfits from the world’s leading clothing arts competitions, with visitors able to explore the creativity and extraordinary detail of the clothes and the stories behind the designs. see
for more information.
starting December 17th
Finally it’s here. Auckland is set to host the 36th Copa America and the action starts this December. There are three events that round out the race for the Cup – the Auckland American Cup World Series brings together three challengers against the Emirates New Zealand Team for the Christmas Cup starting 17 December, before the Prada Cup – and the scramble to take on Team NZ for the big – starts on January 15. The final series of races for the America’s Cup runs from March 6 to 21. There will definitely be a lot of events going on in and around the Viaduct as the action heats up. check aucklandnz.com for details when released.
Black Barn Concert Series
Starting December 19
This amphitheater in the Hawke’s Bay vineyard is widely considered to be one of New Zealand’s best outdoor spots, with great acoustics and an unbeatable atmosphere. This summer, check out an outdoor cinema that opens as part of the Hawke’s Bay Outdoor Film Festival from December 27th. If you want a little music, summer queues are still in the works, but it’s confirmed, Kiwi legend Dave Dobbyn will be performing alongside 2020 local darling The Beths on December 19. Tickets start at $ 69, look blackbarn.com for details.
Distinction Hotels Te Anau Tennis Invitational
It’s a shame the ASB Classic has been postponed for 2021 (thanks Covid), but this annual tournament features some of New Zealand’s strongest male tennis players over two days of action in a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for the whole family. General admission is $ 15.00 per adult and children are free. see teanautennis.co.nz for details.
The Other Side Festival
December 30 – 31
Whangamatā, usually considered a quintessential Kiwi beach town, holds this two-day music festival at the mysterious-sounding Joe’s Farm, just outside the summer hot spot. Visitors can camp on site, or take a bus to see a lineup of famous Kiwi artists such as Shapeshifter, LAB, David Dallas and JessB. Tickets start at $ 118 from theotherside.nz.
Happy 20th birthday to Raglan’s favorite. This summer’s favorite celebrates milestones in style, with lineups of local legends including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Ladi6, Che Fu and Home Brew taking to four stages at the Wainui Reserve, while markets also return. see soundsplash.co.nz for more details.
Saturday Six60 Tour
Various dates in January and February
They are arguably New Zealand’s biggest band, and now Six60 have their gigs on the road, visiting new cities and big venues on six Saturdays in January and February. Starting in Lower Hutt and stopping at Waitangi, Hastings, New Plymouth, Christchurch, Wellington and Hamilton along the way, they’ll have special guests and big hits of their own. see six60.co.nz for details.
The Ruapehu region is an outdoor lover’s paradise and the Tussock Traverse is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and diverse courses. Events for hikers and runners – ranging from 6 km to 50 km – offer something for everyone who wants a different challenge. This event supports the Tongariro Project (Tongariro Natural History Society), and the work they are doing to preserve this spectacular area. see tussocktraverse.co.nz for entry details.
Burt Munro’s challenge
This Southland classic has cemented its name as one of New Zealand’s premier motor sporting events. Over the course of five action-packed days, a number of racing disciplines will race including hill climbing, beach racing, sprint racing, speedway and road racing. And the whole festival honors the legendary Burt, his ingenuity, determination and love of speed and motorbikes. see burtmunrochallenge.co.nz for more details.
Hamilton Park Arts Festival
February 19 – March 1
What is now an iconic outdoor summer festival for the city, the Hamilton Park Arts Festival combines visual arts, music, comedy, film, theater, literature and dance for two weeks of fun. This festival has been Waikato’s premier arts event for over 20 years and the 2021 list will be released any time. see hgaf.co.nz for the latest news and announcements.
Air Wing Festival Over Wairarapa
February 26 – 28
With the Wānaka sisters’ event canceled this year due to Covid-19, this Wairarapa favorite will be New Zealand’s first major air show in two years. In addition to the spectacular flying program, there are fantastic ground shows, as well as activities for kids little and big. Previous events have drawn crowds of 25,000 people – almost the equivalent of the entire Masterton population – so we know it’s the weekend Kiwis will be lining up to be a part of. see wings.org.nz for more details.
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The deal is subject to a vaccine that successfully completes all clinical trials and passes regulatory approval. Photos / files
The government has signed a deal to buy 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people.
The deal will allow the purchase of vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, depending on the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approval in New Zealand, said Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins.
“Our first vaccine purchase agreement has been signed and yields some important work going on behind the scenes to keep New Zealand safe from Covid-19,” Woods said.
“As part of the agreement, vaccine deliveries to New Zealand could be made as early as the first quarter of 2021. This is just the first phase of work in a multi-pronged approach to ensure we secure a vaccine for New Zealand.
Woods said: “Pfizer says they are making good progress with the development of a Covid-19 vaccine. Depending on clinical and regulatory success, and provided the vaccine is approved for use in New Zealand by Medsafe, it is likely that multiple doses will be available to us in the first half. year 2021. “
The government signed a $ 27 million agreement with the Covax Facility last month that will allow New Zealand to purchase a successful vaccine from a variety of candidates.
Decisions about who will receive access to the first available vaccine still have to be made, the Government said.
“Work at the Ministry of Health is currently being done to determine what the launch of the Immunization Program will look like. A number of factors will influence who will receive what vaccine and when, such as experimental data on the suitability of each vaccine for a particular age. group, “says Hipkins.
“We have set aside $ 66.3 million for medical supplies and infrastructure to ensure New Zealand is ready to launch the Covid-19 Immunization Program as soon as we have a safe and effective vaccine.
“Most of this investment will finance sufficient supplies to support the countries of New Zealand and the Pacific; supplies such as PPE, syringes, syringes and swabs, and refrigerators to store vaccines,” said Hipkins.