Get ready for a cinematic journey through contemporary Italian cinema as Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà announce the complete lineup for the highly anticipated 22nd edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. From June 1 to 8, North American audiences will have the opportunity to experience a diverse and extensive selection of Italian films, ranging from emerging talents to esteemed veterans, commercial hits to independent gems, and captivating documentaries to gripping dramas and outrageous comedies.
Opening Night for Open Roads
The festival kicks off with Francesca Archibugi’s latest feature, “The Hummingbird.” Adapted from Sandro Veronesi’s Strega Prize-winning novel, this epic and intimate chronicle of love and familial ups and downs spans six decades and three generations. The film features an all-star cast including Pierfrancesco Favino, Berenice Bejo, Laura Morante, Nanni Moretti, and others, promising a captivating exploration of human connections.
The lineup includes a wide range of captivating films, including Gianni Amelio’s masterfully executed biopic “Lord of the Ants,” which delves into the life of poet/playwright Aldo Braibanti. Roberto Andò’s “Strangeness” stars Toni Servillo as Nobel Prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello, while actress Monica Dugo makes her directorial debut with the tragicomic chronicle “Like Turtles.” Michele Vannucci’s “Delta” takes us to the Po Delta, where tensions rise among a small community, and Paolo Virzi’s “Dry” offers a wryly satirical ensemble drama set in a world facing a three-year drought. Giuseppe Fiorello’s debut feature, “Fireworks,” explores a budding romance between two teenage boys against the backdrop of political change in Sicily in 1982.
Focus on Mario Martone
This year’s presentation includes a special focus on Mario Martone, a key figure in Italian filmmaking. The festival pays homage to Martone’s illustrious career by showcasing his most recent fiction film, “Nostalgia,” alongside two essential works from earlier years: “Troubling Love” (co-written with Elena Ferrante) and “Leopardi.” Martone’s films provide rich portraits of Naples, delve into Italian history, and feature magnificent performances.
Ticket Information and Special Offer
Tickets for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema will be available for purchase starting on Thursday, May 11 at noon, with early access for Film at Lincoln Center members on Wednesday, May 10 at noon. Prices range from $12 to $17, with discounted rates for students, seniors, and persons with disabilities. Additionally, a 3+ Film Package, All-Access Pass, and Student All-Access Pass offer further savings. Excitingly, the festival introduces a dinner and movie combo at Café Paradiso, allowing attendees to enjoy a select menu item alongside their film experience.
Support and Collaboration
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà, and organized by esteemed individuals from both organizations. The festival receives support from the Italian Cultural Institute in NY, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò NYU, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, among others.
Prepare to immerse yourself in the richness of Italian cinema as Open Roads: New Italian Cinema brings a diverse and captivating lineup to North American audiences.
With a blend of emerging talents and established filmmakers, commercial hits and independent gems, this festival promises an unforgettable cinematic experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the vibrant world of contemporary Italian cinema