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 (Gianni Amelio, Roberto Andò, Daniele Luchetti) alongside promising new talents from both the commercial and independent spheres, with in-person appearances at many screenings.

This year’s lineup includes the two main prizewinners from both the Venice and Rome Film Festivals—Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary Sacro GRA and Alberto Fasulo’s docudrama Tir—and also underscores the emergence of documentary as a breeding ground for some of the most exciting recent developments in Italian cinema. More than a third of the films in Open Roads this year are documentaries or by documentarians working in fiction, with rich and fascinating results. All films are New York premieres unless otherwise noted.

Special thanks to Istituto Luce-Cinecittà – Filmitalia, Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Antonio Monda, American Continental Property Group, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Italian Trade Commision.