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Friday, April 28, 2017

Italy's Golden Age stars will meet their contemporary counterparts in three solid weeks of Italian cinema at Lincoln Center in New York

The extravaganza kicks off on May 17 with a career retrospective dedicated to the incomparable Marcello Mastroianni. According to, a photo exhibit, Fellini, 8 ½ in Color, will be on view in the Walter Reade Theater’s Furman Gallery throughout the festival. The exhibit features newly discovered color photos from behind the scenes of the black-and-white masterpiece, shot by the late Paul Ronald and accompanied by recollections from the film’s co-star Anouk Aimée. Among the films to be shown in the retrospective, which runs through May 31 are Federico Fellini's 8 ½ and La Dolce Vita, the Taviani Brother's AllonsanfànMario Monicelli's I soliti ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street)Pietro Germi's Divorzio all’italiana Divorce Italian Style) and Ettore Scola's A Special Day (Una giornata particolare) just to name a few. Click here to see the complete lineup.

Then June 1 kicks off the 17th edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. I've been attending since the very first edition in 2001, so this is my most anticipated annual event. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, the opening night selection is the New York premiere of Edoardo De Angelis’s Indivisible, the story of two teenage conjoined twins facing an emotional decision when a doctor claims that he can separate them.

This year’s edition showcases 13 additional titles, all North American or New York premieres, including Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s In guerra per amore (At War with Love), ; Federica Di Giacomo’s exorcism documentary Liberami (Deliver), which won the Orizzonti Prize at last year’s Venice Film Festival; Irene Dionisio's Le ultime cose (Pawn Street) Andrea De Sica's coming of age story I figli della notte (Children of the Night) Alessandro Aronadio's Orecchie (Ears), Marco Bellocchio's Fai bei sogni (Sweet Dreams) and Gianni Amelio's La Tenerezza (Tenderness).. again, just to name a few. 

Open Roads: New Italian cinema runs through June 7. Click here for the complete lineup.

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