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.
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Friday, June 1
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Tuesday, June 5
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 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 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.
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