Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2013

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Since 2001, the first summer breezes of June have brought a fresh crop of new Italian films and filmmakers to Lincoln Center. Open Roads has become the leading North American showcase for contemporary Italian cinema, as well as one of our most popular programs. Established filmmakers premiere new works alongside discoveries from fresh and emerging talent, with in-person appearances at almost every screening. So join us once again in welcoming back an old friend: Italian cinema!

Note: Grayed out screenings are currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Available tickets will be released on a first come, first served basis.

In This Series

Every Blessed Day

Every Blessed Day

Paolo Virzi | 2012 | 102 mins

Opening night! Actor Luca Marinelli in person for Q&A at June 6 screening!

One of the most personal voices in new Italian cinema, Virzi delivers a small and intimate romantic comedy about Antonia and Guido, a strangely-matched couple madly in love.

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Thursday, June 06

6:30pm

Tuesday, June 11

9:00pm

Tuesday, June 11

9:15pm
The Discovery at Dawn

The Discovery at Dawn

Susanna Nicchiarelli | 2012 | 95 mins

Director Susanna Nicchiarelli in person for Q&A at June 8 screening!

A woman is given the chance to uncover the truth about her father’s violent death 30 years ago when she discovers a disconnected phone that mysteriously lets her place calls to the past.

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Saturday, June 08

1:30pm

Saturday, June 08

2:30pm

Monday, June 10

4:00pm
Dormant Beauty

Dormant Beauty

Marco Bellocchio | 2012 | 115 mins

Director Marco Bellocchio and cinematographer Daniele Cipri in person for Q&A at June 6 screening!

Four interrelated characters struggle with the moral impasses and compromises of modern life in Bellocchio’s compelling drama. With Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo.

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Thursday, June 06

9:15pm

Friday, June 07

1:15pm

Friday, June 07

4:00pm
The Face of Another

The Face of Another

Pappi Corsicato | 2012 | 83 mins

Director Pappi Corsicato and writer Daniele Orlando in person for Q&A at both screenings!

In this outrageous satire of celebrity culture, the exuberant host of a popular TV show about plastic surgery is fired because the public is tired of her face, kicking off a series of surprising plot twists.

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Saturday, June 08

8:45pm

Sunday, June 09

1:15pm
The First Man

The First Man

Gianni Amelio | 2011 | 100 mins

This adaptation of Albert Camus’ unfinished last novel is part childhood memoir set in 1920s Algeria, part epic narrative of a country on the eve of revolution in the 1950s.

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Sunday, June 09

8:30pm

Sunday, June 09

8:45pm

Wednesday, June 12

4:00pm
Handmade Cinema

Handmade Cinema

Guido Torlonia | 2012 | 52 mins

Director Guido Torlonia and co-writer Laura Delli Colli (Handmade Cinema) and director Giovanna Taviani (The Rescue) in person for Q&As at both screenings!

Narrated by Chiara Mastroianni, this loving tribute to the craftsmen and artisans whose invisible hands help create the magic of cinema is brimming with archival footage and behind-the-camera scenes. Screening with: The Rescue / Il Riscato (Giovanna Taviana, 22m).

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Friday, June 07

3:45pm

Sunday, June 09

3:45pm
I Travel Alone

I Travel Alone

Maria Sole Tognazzi | 2013 | 85 mins

Director Maria Sole Tognazzi in person for Q&A on June 8!

Single, middle-aged, and constantly on the road, an inspector of luxury hotels is thrown into an existential crisis when she loses the emotional support of her best friend and ex-lover.

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Saturday, June 08

6:15pm

Tuesday, June 11

6:45pm

Wednesday, June 12

9:00pm
It Was the Son

It Was the Son

Daniele Cipri | 2012 | 90 mins

Director Daniele Cipri in person for Q&A at June 7 screening!

Full of acid humor and populated with grotesque characters, Cipri’s absurd and unforgiving satire of Sicilian family life has tragedy, revenge, and a Mercedes Benz blessed with holy water.

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Friday, June 07

6:00pm

Friday, June 07

6:30pm

Tuesday, June 11

4:30pm
Nina

Nina

Elisa Fuksas | 2012 | 78 mins

Director Elisa Fuksas in person for Q&A on June 8!

Over a hot summer in a near-empty suburb of Rome, a young woman contemplates life amidst the district's architectural gems, gorgeously shot by architect-turned-filmmaker Fuksas.

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Saturday, June 08

4:00pm

Saturday, June 08

4:30pm

Monday, June 10

6:30pm
Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy

Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy

Marco Tullio Giordana | 2012 | 129 mins

Editor Francesca Calvelli in person for intro on June 7!

Giordana’s Machiavellian drama dissects the Piazza Fontana bombing, highlighting the manipulations and tragic consequences of the event and subsequent investigations.

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Friday, June 07

8:30pm

Wednesday, June 12

6:15pm
Pretty Butterflies

Pretty Butterflies

Salvatore Mereu | 2012 | 104 mins

Salvatore Mereu in person for Q&A at June 9 screening!

A 12-year-old girl sets out to stop her brother from killing the neighbor she loves and dreams of escaping her home in the dangerous and decrepit slums of the Sardinian capital, Cagliari.

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Sunday, June 09

6:00pm

Sunday, June 09

6:30pm

Tuesday, June 11

6:30pm
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