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Monday, May 7, 2018

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2018 Edition

Boys Cry
Since the early 2000's, I've always looked forward to the month of June because of the remarkable selection of contemporary Italian films shown in New York at Lincoln Center's annual series, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

This year's diverse lineup, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, includes the Berlin Film Festival sleeper hit by the D’Innocenzo brothers, Boys Cry, the story of two best friends who get in over their heads with organized crime;  Innovative director Fulvio Risuleo's Look Up; Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s second feature, Sicilian Ghost Story; Sergio Castellitto’s emotionally-driven Fortunata, with Jasmine Trinca, who won the Un Certain Regard Best Actress prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival; and three works by returning Open Roads filmmakers: Marco Tullio Giordana’s Name of a Woman, Ferzan Ozpetek’s Naples in Veils, starring the talented Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro Borghi, Francesca Comencini's Locarno hit Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World and Paolo Genovese's star-studded The Place.

Naples in Veils
The Taviani Brothers' new film Rainbow: A Private Affair, which is also their last together as Vittorio passed away in April, will be paired with a special screening of their 1983 classic, The Night of the Shooting Stars.

Rainbow: A Private Affair
Since its first edition back in 2000, Open Roads has been known for its compelling Q&A's with directors and actors behind the contemporary masterpieces, and the 2018 edition is no different with an impressive list of filmmakers slated to be in attendance:

Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza to present Sicilian Ghost Story on Opening Night
Giorgio Ferrero to present the documentary Beautiful Things
Damiano & Fabio D’Innocenzo to present Boy's Cry
Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino to present Crater
Francesco Patierno to present Diva!
Vincenzo Marra to present Equilibrium
Marco Tullio Giordana to present Nome di donna
Ferzan Ozpetek to present Naples in Veils
Paolo Genovese to present The Place
Roberto De Paolis to present Pure Hearts
Lucia Mancino to present Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World 

The Place
The 18th edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema will be held at Lincoln Center in New York May 31 - June 6 and will be followed by Visconti,a special retrospective dedicated to a great maestro of Italian cinema, Luchino Visconti.

Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World

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