Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Risorgimento—the movement that created modern Italy from a group of disparate states—Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is proud to present the premiere of Mario Martone’s We Believed, an epic reconstruction and re-imagination of the political and social forces that led to Italian independence. As a complement, we are also featuring Alessandro Blasetti’s 1860, another look at the Risorgimento made at a very different moment of history. Faithful followers of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema will find a number of favorite directors from the past—among them, Sergio Castellitto, Roberta Torre, Gabriele Salvatores and Andrea Molaioli—as well as a new film, The Salt of Life, by Gianni Di Gregorio, whose Mid-August Lunch is surely one of the best-loved Italian films in recent years. Finally, we’re delighted to feature the U.S. premiere of Giulio Manfredonia’s Whatsoeverly, a delicious political satire that has become one of the most popular Italian films ever made. This new generation of Italian filmmakers continues to open up and explore new areas of Italian life and culture, telling new stories in surprisingly new ways.
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema has been organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center together with Cinecittà Luce- Filmitalia. With the support of Ministero per i Beni e le Attivitá Culturali (Direzione Generale per il Cinema), Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Italian Trade Commission, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. Special thanks to the Italian Trade Commission-ICE Los Angeles, the Alexander Bodini Foundation, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó and Antonio Monda for their generous support.
The writer-director of the delightful Mid-August Lunch returns with the charming tale of a man in Rome putting up with retired life and family. Gianni Di Gregorio in person on June 1!
Followed by a panel discussion!
Admired by the Neo-Realists, Blasetti’s rousing anthem to Italian unification chronicles the panoramic journey of a Sicilian peasant to Garibaldi’s headquarters. Please note: We will be screening a 16mm archive print which cannot be cut and mounted onto one reel. There will be brief pauses for reel changes.
The director of Mediterraneo assembles from the RAI TV archives a fascinating portrait of Italy in boom times, chronicling a family’s search for a son.
A young antiwar activist heads to Iraq to work on a film and quickly finds himself a victim of sectarian violence and, soon, an unlikely hero. Director Aureliano Amadei in person on June 1!
In a wry, perceptive update of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, a successful architect (Castellitto) and his wife (Laura Morante) meet their daughter’s new boyfriend. Actor Marco Giallini in person on June 2!
After botching a high-profile kidnapping, a group of disillusioned northeasterners are forced to learn how to coexist under absurd and clandestine conditions. Director Lucio Pellegrini in person on June 5!
A hit at the Venice film festival, Cecere’s stunning debut follows a young teacher (wonderful Isabelle Ragonese) whose first posting brings her to a hardscrabble village with wild children and parents to whom she can hardly speak. Director Giorgia Cecere in person on June 6!
In this playful satire, the theft of a Madonna statue’s head seems to trigger visions in 13-year-old Manuela, which are quickly exploited by her dysfunctional family.
In a beautiful, stunningly immediate rendering of a love affair’s first flowering, a tour-guide and a student from Genoa strike up a bond. Director Alessandro d’Alatri in person on June 3!
After a leak in his Tuscan apartment destroys a chapel’s fresco, a has-been director agrees to stage some Good Friday celebrations, which quickly turn challenging... Director Carlo Mazzacurati in person June 2!
Shining as personal memoir and journey through cinema, Taviani’s touching film takes a beautiful look at the islands that have inspired Rossellini (Stromboli), Antonioni (L’Avventura), the Taviani Brothers (Kaos), and more. Director Giovanni Taviani in person on June 2!
Marco Bellocchio returns to his hometown Bobbio, and to the house in which he shot “Fists in the Pocket”, to narrate the story of the hopes, disappointments and yearnings of his own family.
A film not easily forgotten, Costanzo’s richly told adaptation of the massive best-seller is set at four crucial moments in the lives of two perennial loners. Actress Alba Rohrwacher in person on June 1!
In this engrossing epic reconstruction of Italy’s 19th-century path to independence, three men find themselves plunged into the fearsome double binds of revolution and sacrifice. Director Mario Martone in person on June 4 & 7!
In this delicious and wildly popular political satire, an unscrupulous entrepreneur returns to his suddenly law-abiding hometown and resolves to enter politics. Actor Antonio Albanese in person on June 3!
Lucini’s sharply observed comedy with a dark underlining follows romantically wounded Leonardo back into the family fold and into new love. With a superb Stefania Sandrelli. Director Luca Lucini in person on June 4!
For 16 years, Open Roads has proudly offered North American audiences the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian film available. The 2016 edition strikes a satisfying balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, showcasing a medley of commercial and independent fare. Experience the best of Italian cinema, with special in-person appearances by many of the filmmakers. Read More
For 14 years, Open Roads has proudly offered to North American audiences the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian film available. This year’s program strikes a satisfying balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, showcasing a medley of commercial and independent fare. Experience the best of Italian cinema, with special in-person appearances by many of the filmmakers. Read More
One of our most popular annual programs, Open Roads has served as the leading North American showcase of contemporary Italian cinema for the past 13 years. This exceptionally strong and diverse edition includes the latest work from established veterans alongside promising new talents from both the commercial and independent spheres. Read More
Open Roads has become the leading North American showcase for contemporary Italian cinema, as well as one of our most popular programs. Established filmmakers premiere new works alongside discoveries from fresh and emerging talent, with in-person appearacnes at almost every screening. So join us once again in welcoming back an old friend: Italian cinema! Read More