Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is the only screening series to offer North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. This year’s 18th edition again strikes a balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, commercial and independent fare, outrageous comedies, gripping dramas, and captivating documentaries, with in-person appearances by many of the filmmakers. This year, we are also pleased to present special screenings of both classic and new works by legendary filmmakers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Vittorio sadly passed away this April at age 88), as well as a new digital restoration of a signature work from iconoclast Marco Ferreri, alongside a new documentary about this important provocateur.
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà. Organized by Dennis Lim and Dan Sullivan, Film Society; and by Carla Cattani, Griselda Guerrasio, and Monique Catalino, Istituto Luce Cinecittà. Special thanks to: Italian Trade Commission; Italian Cultural Institute New York; Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò—NYU; Antonio Monda.
Opening Night · Q&A with Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza, Vincenzo Amato & Filippo Luna at the 6:00pm screeningOne day after school, 12-year-old Luna (Julia Jedlikowska) follows her classmate crush Giuseppe (Gaetano Fernandez) into a possibly enchanted forest, from which he seems to vanish. Based on true events, the film renders Luna’s quest for the truth as a transfixing blend of realism and mythology. A Strand Releasing release.
Introduction by Anselma Dell'OlioOne of Ferreri’s earliest and most beloved films, this typically irreverent, freewheeling satire tells the story of an ex-nun (Annie Girardot) put on the freak show circuit by her sleazy entrepreneur husband (Ugo Tognazzi) for her distinctively furry appearance.
Q&A with Giorgio FerreroFour men work in isolation at remote scientific and industrial sites around the world in Giorgio Ferrero's ravishingly beautiful debut documentary feature, a transfixing work about the origins of consumer society imbued with a musical sense of rhythm.
Q&A with Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo on June 3The D’Innocenzo brothers reinvigorate the gangster genre with their gritty, surprising debut feature about two best friends who find themselves working as lackeys for a local crime syndicate.
Q&A with Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino on June 2Documentarians Luzi and Bellino’s fiction debut stars Rosario and Sharon Caroccia (playing versions of themselves) in a tale of helicopter-parenting that consciously recalls Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima.
Q&A with Francesco Patierno on June 1An inventive, kaleidoscopic work of cinematic biography, Diva! tells the story of the Oscar-nominated Italian actress Valentina Cortese, played by eight different actresses embodying her at various points of her remarkable career.
Q&A with Vincenzo Marra on June 3A priest (Mimmo Borelli) transfers to the north of Naples and finds himself in conflict with the Camorra in this scrappy, moving drama about the antagonism between religious belief and the modern world.
Q&A with Anselma Dell'OlioThis complex, multilayered portrait of the Italian filmmaker features interviews with the likes of Isabelle Huppert, Roberto Benigni, and Hanna Schygulla to give the underappreciated iconoclast his due.
Q&A with Ferzan OzpetekA medical examiner’s new lover abruptly disappears in this moody, baroque thriller from Turkish director Ozpetek, which recasts Naples as a shadowy, mysterious labyrinth of desire and memory.
Q&A with Marco Tullio Giordana on June 2A woman courageously tries to break the silence in a culture of complicity surrounding sexual harassment in this all-too-timely film from Open Roads veteran Marco Tullio Giordana.
Q&A with Paolo Genovese at the 9pm screeningAn enigmatic, nameless man sits in the corner of a bar, receiving visitor after visitor. They tell him of their profoundest wishes and desires, and he assures them they can have exactly what they want . . . but there will be a price. This gripping, minimalist moral thriller boasts an all-star cast.
Q&A with Roberto De Paolis on June 1An impeccably acted drama about youthful self-discovery, De Paolis’s feature debut—concerning a teenage girl’s burgeoning relationship with a young parking lot attendant— is a fresh take on the “opposites attract” tale, set on the outskirts of Rome.
Q&A with Lucia Mascino on June 2Comencini adapts her own novel in this intelligent, intensely felt romantic comedy about two academics whose seven-year romance has reached an impasse, and neither of them understands why.
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