New York, NY (April, 11, 2013) –The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today the lineup for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, which will take place from June 6-12, 2013. This year’s lineup includes impressive debuts, a return of favorite filmmakers as well as several award winners.

“As the exciting ‘regionalist trend’ that began a few years ago continues with films from diverse areas, including Sardegna and Sicily, so does the incredible diversity of film styles and genres in this year’s dynamic Open Roads series,” says Film Society of Lincoln Center Associate Programmer Marcela Goglio. “Whether it’s a dark comedy, political thriller, satire or romantic comedy, what is most compelling is the wildly different ways most of these films dare to take on pressing social and political issues in contemporary Italy.”

Highlights include the opening night selection EVERY BLESSED DAY, which spotlights Italian singer Thony in an endearing romantic lead role and whose vocal stylings are highlighted in the film’s soundtrack. For more laughs, Pedro Almodovar protégée Pappi Corsicato dishes out a celebrity satire with plastic surgery shenanigans and over-the-top characters in THE FACE OF ANOTHER. The Hollywood Reporter recently cited his films as Italy’s answer to Almodovar “with an added dose of John Waters’ trademark trashiness” — so audiences can expect some high camp.

The first feature by Palermo-born writer, filmmaker and cinematographer Daniele Cipri, IT WAS THE SON (also a cinematographer for DORMANT BEAUTY) is a provocative, dark and humorous mafia tale following twisted members in a Sicilian family. This bold, colorful and visually stunning film won Best Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival. In addition, rising star Fabrizio Falco won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor for his roles in both IT WAS THE SON and DORMANT BEAUTY. Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s newest emotional narrative DORMANT BEAUTY also stars Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo and spotlights a real-life, right-to-euthanasia case that became a national controversy in Italy in 2008. Another true-life dramatic case ripped from the headlines is Marco Tullio Giordana’s political thriller PIAZZA FONTANA: THE ITALIAN CONSPIRACY which dissects the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing and highlights its tragic consequences.

Two thought-provoking documentaries, HANDMADE CINEMA and THE RESCUE spotlight the livelihoods of Italian artists. Originally financed by Louis Vuitton and narrated by Chiara Mastroianni, HANDMADE CINEMA turns the camera’s attention to the major players who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes – wigmakers, tailors, designers, painters, make-up artists – all talented craftsmen and artisans who help contribute to the magic of moviemaking. Screening with it is THE RESCUE by director Giovanna Taviani (daughter and niece of the famed Taviani brothers), who created her own documentary following one of the subjects from her father and uncle’s notable film CAESAR MUST DIE. The story follows Salvatore Striano, the main character and prisoner from CAESAR who is rescued from the hell of prison after discovering Shakespeare.

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema has been organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center together with Istituto Luce-Cinecittà – Filmitalia and the support of Ministero per i Beni e le Attivitá Culturali (Direzione Generale per il Cinema) in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. Special thanks to the Alexander Bodini Foundation, and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimó for their generous support. This series was co-curated by Antonio Monda.

Tickets for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema screenings will go on sale to Film Society Members on Tuesday, May 14 and to the general public on Thursday, May 23. Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for Film Society members. A three-film package is $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members. Discount prices apply with the purchase of tickets to three films or more.  Visit for complete film festival information.

All screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue and Walter Reade Theater, at 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

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Press Screening Schedule

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Screening Venue:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

Monday, May 20
9:00AM – DORMANT BEAUTY (115m)

Tuesday, May 21
11:00AM – IT WAS THE SON (90m)


(2012) 102m
Director: Paolo Virzi
Virzi confirms his interest in the young generation with this small and intimate romantic comedy about Antonia and Guido, a strangely matched couple madly in love. Though the film takes its time to build nuanced, well-grounded characters and tells the story of their painful ordeal, it is fast paced and very funny. Antonia is a strong willed, volatile musician from Sicily (and responsible for the film’s soundtrack); Guido is a bookish, gentle ancient language expert from Toscana. They want to have a child and are willing to try almost anything, including a treatment that involves chanting barefoot on the snow and a visit to the pope’s gynecologist. Virzi is one of the most personal voices in new Italian cinema, having infused his comedies with not-so funny real life issues, gentle irony and endearing characters. Based on La generazione by Simone Lenzi with original music by Thony (who plays Antonia).
Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm, Walter Reade Theater (Q&A)
Tuesday, June 11, 9:00pm

Director: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Rome, 1981:  Professor Mario Tessandori is shot in the university courtyard and dies in the arms of Lucio Astengo, his friend and colleague. A few weeks later, Astengo vanishes mysteriously.  Flash forward to 2011. Caterina and Barbara Astengo, 6 and 12 when their father passed away, put their family cottage by the sea up for sale, which has long since been abandoned. The house is filled with memories of a childhood interrupted by the father’s disappearance, a broken family that never reassembled. In one corner, there's an old phone still attached to the outlet. Caterina picks it up and discovers that, inexplicably, it works, even though the line is disconnected. Playfully, she dials her home number from 30 years earlier and hears the voice of a child responding on the other end. In shock, she realizes that she is speaking to her 12-year-old self, a week before the death of her father. She’s been given a second chance, if not to save him then at least to uncover the truth. Wonderful performances by Margarita Buy and Susanna Nicchiarelli herself as Caterina’s sister.
Special appearance by Susanna Niccharelli at June 8 screening.
Saturday, June 8, 1:30pm (Q&A)
Monday, June 10, 4:00pm


Director: Marco Bellocchio
Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo star in Italian master Bellocchio’s compelling, somber ensemble drama in which characters in three interrelated storylines struggle with the moral impasses and compromises of modern life. The film’s point of departure is a real-life, right-to-euthanasia case that became a national controversy in 2008, culminating in a Parliamentary vote. (The film’s title might more precisely be “Sleeping Beauty.”) Against this backdrop, Bellocchio attempts to encompass the differing values and outlook of young and old, reactionary and idealistic: that of a senator (Servillo) with a passionately pro-life daughter (Alba Rohrwacher) preparing to cast his vote on the issue; a retired actress and devout Catholic (Huppert) who tends to her own comatose daughter; and a troubled young doctor (Bellocchio’s brother, Pier Giorgio) who tries to help a suicidal methadone addict (Maya Sansa). Bellocchio takes an X-ray of the lingering malaise of late-Berlusconi Italy and its frightening intellectual and psychological confusion—and certainly touches a nerve.
Special appearance by Marco Bellocchio.
Thursday, June 6, 9:15pm
Friday, June 7, 1:15pm

Director: Pappi Corsicato
In this outrageously mordant satire of celebrity and image-dependant culture, the exuberant host of a popular TV show about plastic surgery is fired with the excuse that the public is tired of her face. After she suffers a serious car accident, her plastic surgeon husband, also the director of an exclusive private clinic from where the TV program is broadcast, seizes the opportunity to claim a fraudulent insurance payoff. Corsicato, a Neapolitan choreographer who was an assistant to Almodóvar, wields in this clever story the same insolent sense of humor as in his previous films, with bizarre, surprising plot twists and over-the-top characters bordering on the ridiculous.
Special appearance by Pappi Corsicato at both screenings.
Saturday, June 8, 8:45pm (Q&A)
Sunday, June 9, 1:15pm (Q&A)

THE FIRST MAN (2011) 100m
Director: Gianni Amelio
This adaptation of Albert Camus’ last novel, left unfinished by the Nobel Prize winner when he died in a car accident at 46, is a fictionalized autobiography: part childhood memoir set in 1920s Algeria, part epic narrative of a country on the eve of revolution in the 1950s as it struggles for independence from France. The movement back and forth in time helps explain the protagonist’s conflicted political position in the incipient revolution. Beautiful cinematography by Yves Cape (Ma vie en rose) effectively captures the contrast between the glowing warmth of the sun and sea of Camus’s childhood, as described in his writing, and the more subdued tones portraying the intellectual he becomes.
Friday, June 7, 6:00pm (Q&A)
Wednesday, June 12, 4:00pm

Director: Guido Torlonia
Wigmakers, haberdashers, cobblers, builders, make-up artists, tailors, designers, and painters are just a few of the craftsmen whose trade and invisible hands help create the magic that the spectator experiences in cinema. This loving tribute is an homage to the mostly unknown elaborate artistry involved in the creation of films. Narrated by Chiara Mastroianni, who has known many of these artisans since she was a little girl accompanying her father Marcello on the sets, and brimming with wonderful archival footage of films and behind-the-camera scenes, it is also a tribute to the history of Italian cinema itself. Discovering the detailed manual skills behind epic titles like Cleopatra, Ben Hur, The Name of the Rose and Gangs of New York brings another dimension to our appreciation of the art of filmmaking. The documentary was financed by Louis Vuitton to screen at the opening of their new store and screening room in Rome.
Preceded by
Director: Giovanna Taviani
The story of Salvatore Striano, the main character of the Taviani brothers’ film, CAESAR MUST DIE (CESARE DEVE MORIRE) who is rescued from the hell of prison after discovering Shakespeare. 
Friday, June 7, 3:45pm
Sunday, June 9, 3:45pm (Q&A)

Director: Maria Sole Tognazzi
Single and middle-aged, beautiful Irene (Margarita Buy) is wholly devoted to her job as an inspector of luxury hotels. Constantly on the road, she indulges in expensive pleasures at impeccable resorts, but always incognito and alone, soon escaping to the next exotic destination with her checklist and laptop in tow. When her best friend and ex Andrea (Stefano Accorsi), who has always been a source of emotional support, suddenly becomes unavailable, Irene is thrown into a deep existential crisis. “Luxury is a form of deceit,” she is told by a fellow traveller in the fog of a steam room, and thus begins Irene's quest to bring more meaning into her life.
Special appearance by Maria Sole Tognazzi at June 8 screening.
Saturday, June 8, 6:15pm (Q&A)
Tuesday, June 12, 9:00pm

Director: Daniele Cipri
In his first film without long time partner Maresca, Daniele Cipri crafts with characteristic acid humor a multilayered tale about a Sicilian family tragedy populated with grotesque characters.  The film, based on a novel by Roberto Alajmo, is a story within a story narrated by Old Busu, about the Ciraulo family boy who killed his father in a fight over a scratched car. Nicola Ciraulo (in a wonderful performance by Toni Servillo) makes a living by scavenging for old boat parts with son and father while his mother, wife and adored daughter Serenella take care of the home in a grim housing project.  A tragic accident resulting from a vendetta offers them the opportunity to make lots of money fast.  What ensues is an unforgiving satire of Palermo lifestyle bordering on the absurd and involving a Mercedes-Benz blessed with holy water. 
Special appearance by Daniele Cipri at June 9 screening.
Sunday. June 9, 8:30pm (Q&A)
Monday, June 11, 4:30pm

NINA (2012) 78m
Director: Elisa Fuksas
Over the course of a hot summer in a near-empty suburb of Rome, a young woman in her 20s (Diane Fleri, My Brother Is an Only Child and I Am Love) indulges in a period of solitude and inner contemplation. She shuttles around in her yellow vespa, giving singing lessons, dog sitting and learning the art of Chinese calligraphy from an aged professor whose technical instructions are also meant to be (much needed) spiritual guidance. Her life's lack of direction is contained within impeccably composed and gorgeously shot portrayals of the district's architectural gems—large, modernist and Neoclassical buildings. This is no coincidence, as 31-year-old Fuksas is the daughter of two leading Italian architects and studied architecture herself before becoming a filmmaker. Modernist architecture and precise, clean compositions are the perfect backdrop to emphasize the sensuality imparted by Nina's enjoyment of sensorial pleasures in the ever-present heat: ice cream, the sound of crickets, poetry, and the breeze as she bikes through desolate locations that are like self-contained little worlds, all of which imperceptibly help move her onto the next stage in her life.
Special appearance by Elisa Fuksas at both screenings.
Saturday, June 8, 4:00pm (Q&A)
Sunday, June 10, 6:30pm (Q&A)

Director: Marco Tullio Giordana
Marco Tullio Giordana (The Best of Youth) delivers a Machiavellian drama, based on a book by Paolo Cucchiarelli, which dissects the Piazza Fontana bombing, highlighting the manipulations and tragic consequences of the event and subsequent investigations. An explosion at the Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura in Milan in 1969 resulted in 17 deaths and injured dozens more. The protests sweeping Europe and the fear of communism led the police to focus their investigations on anarchist groups. But the Police Commissioner is convinced it’s not that simple. When known non-violent protester Giuseppe Pinelli dies in police custody, Calabresi’s inquiries reveal a conspiracy to discredit the Left by foreign and state governments, the police, the secret service through to neo-fascists. Intriguingly complicated and politically nuanced, Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy is an ever-twisting conspiracy of lies, intrigue and dirty politics. The meticulously staged, real-life story is both enthralling and gripping. An Adopt Films release.
Friday, June 7, 8:30pm (Q&A)
Tuesday, June 12, 6:15pm

Director: Salvatore Mereu
All 12-year-old Caterina wants is to escape the house and dangerous neighborhood where she lives with her numerous siblings and tyrannical father in the slums of the Sardinian capital, Cagliari. She doesn’t want to end up like her sister Mandarina, pregnant at 13. We learn all of this from her as she candidly narrates her own story, with humor and startling directness, often looking into the camera. When she learns that her brother Tonio wants to kill Gigi, a neighbor with whom she’s in love, she sets out to stop him. A sense of urgency pervades her narration, as the camera travels in semi-documentary style through the almost deserted margins of Cagliari, following Caterina and her best friend Luna as they visit the beach, eat ice cream and joke around on the day the murder is supposed to happen. Based on a short story by Sardinian author Sergio Atzeni.
Special appearance by Salvatore Mereu at June 9 screening.
Sunday, June 9, 6:00pm (Q&A)
Monday, June 11, 6:30pm

Public Screening Schedule

Screening Venues:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam

Thursday, June 6
6:30PM  Every Blessed Day (102m) (WRT)
9:15PM  Dormant Beauty (115m) (WRT)

Friday, June 7
1:15PM  Dormant Beauty (115m)
3:45PM  Handmade Cinema (52m) with The Rescue (22m)
6:00PM  The First Man (100m)
8:30PM  The Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (129m)

Saturday, June 81:30PM  The Discovery at Dawn (95m)
4:00PM  Nina (78m)
6:15PM  I Travel Alone (85m)
8:45PM  The Face of Another (83m)

Sunday, June 9
1:15PM  The Face of Another (83m)
3:45PM  Handmade Cinema (52m) with The Rescue (22m)
6:00PM  Pretty Butterflies (104m)
8:30PM  It Was the Son (90m)

Monday, June 10
4:00PM  The Discovery at Dawn (95m)
6:30PM  Nina (78m) (Gilman)

Tuesday, June 11
4:30PM  It Was the Son (90m)
6:30PM  Pretty Butterflies (104m)
9:00PM  Every Blessed Day (102m)

Wednesday, June 12
4:00PM  The First Man (100m)
6:15PM  Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy (129m)
9:00PM  I Travel Alone (85m)

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