17th Edition Of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

    The Film Society Of Lincoln Center And Istituto Luce Cinecittà Announce Complete Lineup For The

    17th Edition Of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

    June 1 – 7, 2017

    Opening Night selection is Edoardo De Angelis¹s Indivisible

    14-film festival features eight North American and six New York premieres

    New York, NY (April 28, 2017) ­ The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà announce the complete lineup for the 17th edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, June 1-7.

    Open Roads: New Italian Cinema offers North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. This year¹s 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.

    The Opening Night selection is the New York premiere of Edoardo De Angelis¹s Indivisible, a captivating feature about talented conjoined twins whose dreams for their futures start to diverge around their eighteenth birthday. This year¹s edition showcases 13 additional titles, all North American or New York premieres, including At War with Love, acclaimed Italian TV personality Pierfrancesco Diliberto¹s World War II­set satire; Federica Di Giacomo¹s exorcism documentary Deliver, which won the Orizzonti Prize at last year¹s Venice Film Festival; Marco Tullio Giordana¹s Two Soldiers, the last in his popular organized crime trilogy; and The War of the Yokels, Davide Barletti & Lorenzo Conte¹s fable about a society at war‹cast almost completely with children.

    Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà. Organized by Dennis Lim and Dan Sullivan, Film Society; and by Carla Cattani, Griselda Guerrasio, and Monique Catalino, Istituto Luce Cinecittà.


    Italian Trade Commission; Italian Cultural Institute New York; Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò‹NYU; Antonio Monda

    Tickets for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema + our Marcello Mastroianni retrospective, Il Bello Marcello, go on sale May 4, with Film Society members receiving an early access period beginning May 2. Tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and save with the 3+ film discount package or Open Roads Access Pass. Learn more at filmlinc.org.

    Films & Descriptions

    All films screen digitally at the Walter Reade Theater (165 W. 65th St) unless otherwise noted



    Indivisible / Indivisibili

    Edoardo De Angelis, Italy, 2016, 104m

    Italian with English subtitles

    At first glance, identical twins Dasy and Violet (newcomers Angela and Marianna Fontana, in powerful debut performances) appear to have it all: they’re beautiful, gifted with captivating singing voices, and they do not want for gigs around Naples. They also happen to be conjoined at the hip, which is shamelessly exploited by their parents and close friends for money. But on the cusp of their 18th birthday, Dasy falls in love and pursues a new life after learning she can be separated from Violet. Balancing the beautiful and the perverse with poise, and featuring a beguiling soundtrack by renowned singer-songwriter Enzo Avitabile, Edoardo De Angelis¹s third feature is a moving, eccentric fable about the pains of growing up, and the lengths to which one may go in order to fulfill a dream. New York Premiere
    Thursday, June 1, 1:45pm & 6:30pm


    At War with Love / In Guerra per amore

    Pierfrancesco Diliberto, Italy, 2016, 99m

    Italian with English subtitles

    The latest by Pierfrancesco Diliberto (a.k.a. Pif, Italy¹s renowned TV host and political comedian) is a tender comedy set against the backdrop of World War II. Sicilian emigrant Arturo (Pif) is in love with Flora (Miriam Leone), but she¹s betrothed to the son of a New York mafia boss. Arturo¹s only option is to ask Flora¹s father for her hand‹however, he still lives in Sicily. Penniless but determined, Arturo takes a ³free² passage to Italy by enlisting in the U.S. military at the start of the Allied invasion. Mixing history with outrageous comedy and political satire, At War with Love is like Forrest Gump by way of Mel Brooks‹equal parts funny, charming, and irreverent. North American Premiere
    Saturday, June 3, 9:15pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 2:30pm


    Children of the Night / I Figli della notte

    Andrea De Sica, Italy/Belgium, 2016, 85m

    Italian with English subtitles

    Introverted 17-year-old Giulio (Vincenzo Crea) is sent to an elite boarding school in the Alps. Contact to the outside world is limited, and the students‹all troubled, some territorial and violent‹are constantly surveilled by the administration (which includes an unctuous Fabrizio Rongione). Giulio forms an unlikely bond with the most sullen and rebellious student, Edoardo (Ludovico Succio), with whom he routinely sneaks off to a lascivious nightclub in the forest‹but their nighttime excursions don¹t go undetected, nor are they as transgressive as initially thought. A twisted coming-of-age story tinged with elements of horror, Andrea De Sica¹s feature debut is a tightly wound narrative that defies convention. North American Premiere
    Sunday, June 4, 4:00pm
    Wednesday, June 7, 4:30pm


    The Confessions / Le Confessioni

    Roberto Andò, Italy/France, 2016, 104m

    Italian, English, and French with English subtitles

    Roberto Andò reteams with Toni Servillo in this Hitchcockian mystery-thriller, a spiritual sequel to Andò¹s Long Live Freedom (a 2014 Open Roads selection). During a G8 summit in a luxurious German hotel, a trio of outsiders‹a rock star (Johan Heldenbergh), a children’s novelist (Connie Nielsen), and a laconic Italian monk (Servillo)‹join the Group of Eight at the request of Daniel Roché (Daniel Auteuil), a powerful man with an obscure agenda. Things get even more mysterious when Roché is found dead following a clandestine meeting with the monk. Boasting a star-studded international cast and a perfect blend of suspense, international intrigue, and a subdued but biting sense of humor, The Confessions is a classically composed and wildly entertaining whodunit. New York Premiere
    Thursday, June 1, 4:00pm & 9:00pm


    Deliver / Liberami

    Federica Di Giacomo, Italy, 2016, 90m

    Italian with English subtitles

    Winner of the Orizzonti Prize at last year¹s Venice Film Festival, Deliver follows Father Cataldo, a Sicilian priest sought out by Catholics who believe themselves to be possessed. In between capturing the religious rites he performs on his clients‹by turns frightening, profane, and absurd‹Di Giacomo¹s documentary peers into the private lives of the afflicted: everyday people drawn to the church out of desperation who discuss their demonic interactions as though they were mere medical conditions. Avoiding cliché and easy sentimentality, Deliver offers a fresh perspective on the psychology underlying the continued practice of exorcism in the modern world. New York Premiere
    Sunday, June 4, 6:30pm


    Ears / Orecchie

    Alessandro Aronadio, Italy, 2016, 90m

    Italian with English subtitles

    A man wakes up with a painful ringing in his ear and to a note that reads, ³Your friend Luigi is dead! I¹m sorry. PS: I took the car…² But who¹s Luigi? This is just one of the many questions the unnamed protagonist (Daniele Parisi) must ask himself in this absurd tragicomedy by writer-director Alessandro Aronadio (One Life, Maybe Two, a 2010 Open Roads selection). Unfolding in a single day, Ears upsets a hapless man¹s routine with a series of hilarious, Kafkaesque situations involving meddlesome nuns, bumbling doctors, and a perplexing array of bureaucratic mishaps. Aronadio¹s black-and-white, aspect ratio­shifting second feature is a one-of-a-kind comedy that surprises and delights with unassuming humor and a quirky supporting cast. New York Premiere
    Friday, June 2, 3:45pm
    Monday, June 5, 9:00pm



    Claudio Giovannesi, Italy, 2016, 109m

    Italian with English subtitles

    Stylishly blending social realism with a coming-of-age story, Claudio Giovannesi¹s third feature focuses on a blossoming romance in a juvenile detention center. Newcomer Daphne Scoccia stars as a tough but troubled young girl locked up after committing a robbery, and during her stint she meets Josh (Josciua Algeri), an inmate confined to the boy¹s ward in the neighboring building. Their prohibited interactions spiral into a forbidden yet innocent romance that provides an escape from their fraught personal problems. Fiore¹s measured treatment of troubled youth recalls the Dardenne brothers, but the film¹s assured visual style and breathless romance are entirely the invention of director Giovannesi. New York Premiere
    Friday, June 2, 9:00pm
    Monday, June 5, 6:45pm


    Pawn Street / Le Ultime Cose

    Irene Dionisio, Italy/Switzerland/France, 2016, 85m

    Italian with English subtitles

    Irene Dionisio’s debut feature is a gripping moral drama that weaves together the plights of three people connected to a pawn shop in Turin. Stefano (Fabrizio Falco) is torn between doing the right thing and keeping his new job as a pawnbroker after catching his morally bankrupt manager (Roberto De Francesco) deceiving customers, one of whom is Sandra (Christina Rosamilia), a transgender woman at odds with her past. Outside the pawn shop, Michele (Alfonso Santagata), a kindhearted family man, gets in too deep with some deceitful street hagglers who illegally buy up receipts from the shop¹s customers. Lensed by César-winning DP Caroline Champetier (Holy Motors, I Can No Longer Hear the Guitar), Pawn Street tackles complex themes of shame and redemption with naked emotion and vivid realism. North American Premiere
    Sunday, June 4, 1:30pm


    Sun, Heart, Love / Sole, Cuore, Amore

    Daniele Vicari, Italy, 2016, 109m

    Italian with English subtitles

    In this tragic ode to urban living from writer-director Daniele Vicari, Eli (Isabella Ragonese) puts herself through a crushing daily grind‹a two-hour commute from the outskirts of Rome that’s slowly taking a toll on her health‹in order to support her unemployed, loving husband and their children. Meanwhile her lifelong best friend Vale (Eva Grieco in her debut role), a dancer living on her own, is faced with her own struggles after taking in a coworker who was beaten by her boyfriend. Beautifully blending melancholy with quiet joy, Vicari¹s latest is a sorrowful, sensitively observed study of straphangers caught up in life¹s unrelenting demands. North American Premiere
    Saturday, June 3, 6:30pm
    Wednesday, June 7, 2:00pm


    Sweet Dreams / Fai bei sogni

    Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France, 2016, 134m

    Italian and French with English subtitles

    The latest from Marco Bellocchio is this delicate, melancholic, and deeply moving adaptation of Massimo Gramellini’s popular autobiographical novel Sweet Dreams, Little One. Tracing a middle-aged man (Valerio Mastandrea) as he still struggles to come to grips with the sudden loss of his mother when he was nine years old, Sweet Dreams alternates between past and present, memories and dreams, effortlessly weaving together disparate elements of Massimo¹s life to yield a profound, poetic study of loss and maternal love. Gracefully photographed by frequent DP Daniele Ciprì (Vincere, Dormant Beauty), this is Bellocchio at his most emotional, but his signature sense of humor and irony are as strong as ever. New York Premiere
    Sunday, June 4, 9:00pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 8:45pm


    Tenderness / La Tenerezza

    Gianni Amelio, Italy, 2017, 103m

    Italian with English subtitles

    The latest by Lamerica director Gianni Amelio explores loneliness, heartbreak, and complicated family relations in modern-day Naples. Renato Carpentieri stars as Lorenzo, an elderly widower estranged from his children who gradually builds a friendship with the new family next door‹until a catastrophe pulls them apart. Loosely based on Lorenzo Moreno¹s Premio Strega Prize­winning novel The Temptation to Be Happy, Tenderness is a powerfully acted character study as well as an evocative portrait of middle-class Naples, beautifully filmed by Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty). North American Premiere
    Friday, June 2, 6:30pm
    Monday, June 5, 4:30pm


    Two Soldiers / Due Soldati

    Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2017, 100m

    Italian with English subtitles

    A grieving woman unexpectedly comes face to face with Naples¹ violent Camorra in what could be considered the third installment of Marco Tullio Giordana¹s organized crime cycle‹including his Golden Globe-nominated One Hundred Steps and 2015¹s Lea. Rising star Angela Fontana (one of the leads in Indivisible, this year¹s Opening Night film) plays Maria, a young woman planning her marriage to a soldier stationed in Afghanistan (Dario Rea), until his life is tragically cut short. After being left alone in their new, empty apartment, she crosses paths with Salvatore (Daniele Vicorito), a member of the Mafia who hides out in her condominium after a botched hit job. Giordana¹s latest is a complex exploration of grief and redemption that evocatively captures the rippling consequences of war. North American Premiere
    Friday, June 2, 1:30pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 6:30pm


    The War of the Yokels / La Guerra dei cafoni

    Davide Barletti & Lorenzo Conte, Italy, 2016, 98m

    Italian with English subtitles

    With an eclectic ensemble cast made up almost entirely of children, Davide Barletti and Lorenzo Conte¹s fable about a war between the ruling elite and lower classes, based on the novel by Carlo D’Amicis, plays like a cross between Lord of the Flies and The Goonies. No one really knows why the centuries-old war exists, but after the ³yokels² of the underclass carry out a series of disruptive invasions, and bring in a ruthless outsider, things start to escalate violently. Meanwhile, the pitiless leader of the ruling class falls in love with a yokel and begins to question his role in the needless war. Set in the 1970s off the sunbaked coast of Puglia, beautifully photographed by Duccio Cimatti, The War of the Yokels is a rambunctious mixture of social satire, perilous adventure, and low-key fantasy, with energetic performances by its cast of young actors. North American Premiere
    Sunday, June 4, 1:30pm
    Tuesday, June 6, 4:30pm


    Worldly Girl / La Ragazza del Mondo

    Marco Danieli, Italy/France, 2016, 101m

    Italian with English subtitles

    In Marco Danieli¹s debut feature, Sara Serraiocco (Salvo) stars as Giulia, a smart young Jehovah¹s Witness whose lifestyle is put to the test when she meets Libero (Michele Riondino), an ex-con and son of a recent convert. As much as Giulia wants to pursue a future in mathematics (which goes against her religion), it¹s her unexpected attachment to Libero that pulls her from her community. Sensitively portraying the religious community, Danieli¹s first feature is an assured, wonderfully acted, and unpredictable celebration of individuality. Worldly Girl premiered at last year¹s Venice Film Festival, where Danieli won the Brian Award (given by the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics!) and stars Serraiocco and Riondino both won Pasinetti Awards for their performances. North American Premiere
    Sunday, June 4, 4:00pm



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    Istituto Luce Cinecittà is the state-owned company whose main shareholder is the Italian Ministry for Culture subsidizing its activities on an annual basis. Istituto Luce Cinecittà holds one of the most important European film and photographic archives in which materials are collected and digitally categorized, including its own productions and materials, derived from private collections and acquisitions by a variety of sources. Istituto Luce Cinecittà owns a film library, Cineteca, containing around 3000 titles of the most significant Italian film productions in order to promote Italian culture at major national and international institutes around the world. In collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs, restorations and new prints are added every year.

    Istituto Luce Cinecittà cooperates with major film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Locarno, New York, London by organizing national selections, guaranteeing the presence of Italian films and artists in the various festivals, and by providing multifunctional spaces to help the promotion of our cinematography and it is the reference place for all Italian and foreign operators. It is also involved with the direct organization of numerous Film Festival around the world: The Festival of Italian Cinema in Tokyo, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema in New York, London¹s Cinema Made in Italy, Mittelcinemafest, and The Festival of Italian Cinema in Barcelona, Istanbul, and Buenos Aires. For more information, visit www.filmitalia.org and www.cinecitta.com.