Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà present the 21st edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, running from June 9 to 15.
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Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is the leading screening series to offer U.S. audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. With films by directors such as Laura Bispuri, Mario Martone, Nanni Moretti, and Paolo Taviani, this year’s edition features emerging talents and esteemed veterans, commercial and independent fare, gripping dramas and captivating documentaries.
The opening-night screening is Freaks Out, which took home the Leoncino d’Oro award at the 78th Venice Film Festival and received six 2022 David di Donatello Awards. Freaks Out is Gabriele Mainetti’s wild, jaw-dropping historical fantasy, set in 1943, concerning circus “freaks” on the run from a deranged, 12-fingered Nazi pianist who has prophesized Hitler’s suicide and seeks to harness their alleged powers to prevent it.
Of the 15 films in the Open Roads lineup, dramas are the main focus, including but not limited to: Leonardo Di Costanzo’s atmospheric third fiction feature The Inner Cage (winner of the 2022 David di Donatello Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor), a group character study set within a mostly abandoned prison; Hleb Papou’s feature debut The Legionnaire, which follows Daniel (Germano Gentile), the lone Afro-Italian member of Rome’s riot-police division, as his unit is tasked with clearing out the tenement building in which his family is squatting; Leonora addio, Paolo Taviani’s first solo feature since his brother Vittorio’s death, chronicling the fate of legendary Italian writer Luigi Pirandello’s ashes and proffering an adaptation of Pirandello’s New York–set final story; Swing Ride, the moving and surprising account of a young girl’s coming-of-age, marking Chiara Bellosi’s second fiction feature; The Peacock’s Paradise, chronicling a neurotic family as they assemble to celebrate the birthday of its matriarch (film icon Dominique Sanda) in Laura Bispuri’s fourth fiction feature, powered by a top-notch cast (including Alba Rohrwacher); and Nanni Moretti’s first literary adaptation (from a novel by Israeli author Eshkol Nevo), Three Floors, illustrating the trials and tribulations of three middle-class families who all live in the same apartment building in Rome.
Open Roads also will pay tribute to the late Monica Vitti with a special screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Golden Lion–winning film Red Desert, a seminal eco-psychological nightmare starring the legendary actor as Giuliana, an industrialist’s wife who stumbles through the toxic wasteland in which she lives under the influence of an obscure, debilitating anxiety.
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà. It is organized by Dan Sullivan, Film at Lincoln Center; and by Carla Cattani, Griselda Guerrasio, and Monique Catalino, Cinecittà.
Open Roads is supported by the Italian Cultural Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
In celebration of this year’s edition of Open Roads, the streaming service Film Movement Plus is putting a spotlight on their Italian cinema collection and featuring eight films recently seen at Open Roads, seven of which are new to the service and not available anywhere else to stream: The Predators and Fortuna from 2021, Twin Flower, Selfie, and If Life Gives You Lemons from 2019, The Place from 2018 and Italian Race and Sun, Heart, Love from 2017.
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Opening Night Film | Q&A with Gabriele MainettiOffering a wild ride to say the least, Gabriele Mainetti returns with an epic period fantasy, set in 1943, concerning circus “freaks” on the run from a deranged 12-fingered Nazi pianist who, having prophesied Hitler’s suicide, seeks to harness their “powers” to prevent it.
Q&A with Francesco CostabileA woman (Lina Siciliano) attempts to reconcile the mysteries of her past with the dangers of her present in Francesco Costabile’s gripping and personal solo feature debut.
Q&A with actors Michele Manca and Stefano DeffenuA sui generis and darkly funny portrait of masculinity on the brink, Bonifacio Angius’s latest feature centers on an increasingly surreal gathering of old friends at a decrepit countryside villa.
Q&A with Giuseppe Bonito on June 11Adapted from a 2017 best-selling novel by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Giuseppe Bonito’s third feature follows an adopted 13-year-old girl who, against her will, is sent to live with her biological family.
Q&A with Cristiana Dell'Anna on June 11Mario Martone returns with his latest, a biopic of legendary 19th- and early-20th-century Neapolitan actor and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta, masterfully portrayed by Toni Servillo.
Q&A with Hleb Papou on June 11Hleb Papou’s feature debut follows Daniel (Germano Gentile), the lone Afro-Italian member of Rome’s riot-police division as his unit is tasked with clearing out the tenement building in which his family is squatting.
Video introduction from PifPif returns to Open Roads with his latest timely farce, about a man who unwittingly designs an algorithm that makes his job obsolete, and consequently must work as a delivery person for a less-than-human tech multinational.
Q&A with Chiara Bellosi on June 10A young girl’s coming-of-age unfolds in moving, surprising ways in Chiara Bellosi’s second fiction feature, centered on the emerging friendship between a withdrawn, heavyset teenager and a trans fairground worker.
Q&A with Federica Di Giacomo on June 12The future of an artists’ commune in Rome is thrown into question when its central patron passes away in Federica Di Giacomo’s kaleidoscopic and deeply personal documentary.
Monica Vitti Tribute ScreeningA seminal eco-psychological nightmare, Red Desert stars Antonioni muse Monica Vitti as Giuliana, an industrialist’s wife who stumbles through the toxic wasteland in which she lives under the influence of an obscure, debilitating anxiety.
Tickets are $15; $12 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities; and $10 for Film at Lincoln Center members.
Save with the purchase of three tickets or more with the 3+ Film Package. Discount automatically applied when adding at least three tickets to your cart.
Passes will be available to pick up at the box office starting the first day of the series. Your pass will grant access to one (1) for every film in the series, with exceptions listed on our website where applicable. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to a screening as late seating cannot be guaranteed. Passes do not give access to any free events or talks.
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