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 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.
Co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà. Organized by Florence Almozini and Dan Sullivan, Film at Lincoln Center; and by Carla Cattani, Griselda Guerrasio, and Monique Catalino, Istituto Luce Cinecittà.
Following Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, join us for our Ermanno Olmi retrospective from June 14-26.
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Opening Night · New York Premiere · Q&A with Claudio Giovannesi on June 6Based on a novel by Roberto Saviano, Piranhas is a haunting reflection on doomed adolescence following a pack of cocksure hellions as they descend into the violent, paranoid world of Naples's dominant crime group.
Q&A with Mario Martone and screenwriter Ippolita Di MajoMario Martone’s stirring period drama centers on a young goatherd living on the island of Capri in 1914, alongside a commune of free-spirited Northern European artists and intellectuals who have retreated to the lush Mediterranean idyll to put their fledgling ideologies into practice.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Federico BondiA young woman with Down syndrome copes with the death of her mother in Federico Bondi’s FIPRESCI-winning sophomore feature, anchored by a breakout performance from Carolina Raspanti.
Q&A with Beniamino BarreseCinematographer Beniamino Barrese’s directorial debut is an intimate, vignette-like documentary portrait of his mother, the Italian model and activist Benedetta Barzini. Taking this formidable woman as its protagonist, the film opens up into an exploration of beauty, womanhood, aging, and image-making.
Q&A with Valerio Mastandrea on June 8When Ettore (Valerio Mastandrea), a public-school teacher of modest means, is diagnosed with an illness, he goes to stay with his brother Matteo (Riccardo Scamarcio) in his sprawling Roman bachelor pad, where the two men must reckon with long-unresolved family tensions and resentments, in actor-director Valeria Golino’s quietly wrenching drama.
Q&A with Ciro D’EmilioA teenage boy’s dreams of soccer stardom are threatened by a chaotic home life in this achingly naturalistic portrait of a young man striving to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Valerio Mastandrea and Chiara MartegianiAfter a young man dies in a controversial workplace accident, those who loved him grapple with what it means to go on living in this powerful, poetic exploration of the myriad ways we grieve, cope, and find hope in the face of loss.
North American PremiereThree young screenwriters being questioned for a murder recount their wild adventures navigating the declining Italian film industry of the 1990s in this sparkling murder mystery and film industry satire.
North American PremiereA standout from the Berlin Film Festival, Adele Tulli’s atmospheric documentary looks at the ways that conventional gender expression is instilled and reinforced.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Valerio MieliThe past resurfaces in sensory bursts in Valerio Mieli’s evocative romance, in which a couple struggles to recapture the urgency that brought them together.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Agostino Ferrente on June 9Several years after an unarmed teenager was shot by police in the Traiano region of Naples, Agostino Ferrente recruited a pair of 16-year-old boys in the gang-ravaged neighborhood to capture their daily lives using smartphone cameras in “selfie” mode. The result is a moving chronicle of adolescence shaped by economic precarity and the improbable persistence of hope.
North American Premiere · Q&A with Fabrizio CoralloThis brisk, engaging documentary surveys the life, work, and legacy of Vittorio Gassman, the Italian screen icon who went from serious dramatic stage actor to one of the greatest practitioners of commedia all’italiana.
Q&A with Laura LuchettiIn writer-director Laura Luchetti’s strikingly photographed second feature, two teenagers on the run from personal demons form a relationship as they embark on a dangerous trip across the tough and breathtaking terrain of Sardinia.
Q&A with Edoardo de AngelisA woman desperately fights to escape the criminal underworld she was born into in this breathless tale of resilience and unexpected grace.
3+ Film Package – Tickets just $9 Members / $10 Students, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities / $13 General Public.
All-Access Package – See everything in the festival for $150!
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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
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