Viva l’Italia! Presented in partnership with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the 20th edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is currently playing nationwide in our Virtual Cinema. Surveying a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films, the celebrated festival is screening in a completely virtual setting this year through Sunday, June 6th.

With the rich history and vibrant spirit of Italian cinema fresh on our minds, this week’s Community Corner question asked the FLC community for their favorite Italian films. The number of responses was plentiful (and are still actively flooding in!), with several agreed-upon favorites rising to the top: Vittorio De Sica’s neorealist classic, Bicycle Thieves, and Giuseppe Tornatore’s cine-nostaglic Cinema Paradiso, while directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Dario Argento, Federico Fellini, Alice Rohrwacher, and Luchino Visconti had numerous works mentioned again and again.

An extensive list of your recommendations can be found below, as can the series trailer for this year’s Open Roads festival. And for a breakdown of this year’s event, read Assistant Programmer Dan Sullivan’s preview of the eccentric lineup.

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