Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2015

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June 4 - 11

For 14 years, Open Roads has proudly offered to North American audiences the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian film available. This year’s program strikes a satisfying balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans—as well as (at least) one master: Ermanno Olmi, among the nation’s leading lights for over half a century. As always, the series includes both commercial and independent fare, ranging from stage adaptations to biopics, warm human comedies to experimental dramas. Experience the best of Italian cinema today, with in-person appearances by many of the filmmakers.

Programmed by Isa Cucinotta and Dennis Lim. Open Roads: New Italian Cinema was organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center together with Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

Don't miss "Guardando con Michelangelo Antonioni," an exhibition of Renato Zacchia’s rare photographs of Antonioni taken during the shoot of one of his final documentaries (Sicily, 1997). Event organized by EVOL Design.

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Latin Lover

Latin Lover

Cristina Comencini | 2015 | DCP | 104 mins

Opening Night | North American Premiere

Q&A with Cristina Comencini on June 4

The lovers and offspring of Italy’s most popular movie star (and most prolific ladies’ man), played by an all-star international cast, gather in his hometown on the 10th anniversary of his passing to piece together the puzzle of his life.

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Thursday, June 04

6:30pm

Monday, June 08

1:30pm
9 x 10 Novanta

9 x 10 Novanta

Marco Bonfanti | Claudio Giovannesi | Alina Marazzi | Pietro Marcello | Sara Fgaier | Giovanni Piperno | Costanza Quatriglio | Paola Randi | Alice Rohrwacher | Roland Sejko | 2014 | DCP | 94 mins

North American Premiere

Nine shorts by 10 young Italian filmmakers (including The Wonders writer-director, Alice Rohrwacher) comprised of archival material from the Istituto Luce in honor of its 90th anniversary, give light to rare material unseen for decades.

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Tuesday, June 09

6:30pm
Chlorine

Chlorine

Lamberto Sanfelice | 2015 | DCP | 98 mins

Q&A with Sara Serraiocco on June 7

In this sensitively wrought drama that screened in competition at Berlin and Sundance, 17-year-old Jenny (Salvo's Sara Serraiocco) must abandon dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer to hold her family together after her mother’s unexpected death and her father’s subsequent nervous breakdown.

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Sunday, June 07

6:15pm

Tuesday, June 09

4:15pm
The Dinner

The Dinner

Ivano De Matteo | 2014 | DCP | 92 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Ivano De Matteo on June 5

An all-star cast shows the intense moral struggle facing two wealthy brothers and their wives after their teenage children brutally beat a homeless man. Winner of four prizes at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

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Friday, June 05

6:30pm

Tuesday, June 09

2:00pm
Greenery Will Bloom Again

Greenery Will Bloom Again

Ermanno Olmi | 2014 | DCP | 80 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with actor Claudio Santamaria on June 6

“Poet of Silence” Ermanno Olmi (Il Posto) captures a single snowy night on World War II’s Italian front, as soldiers burrowed in trenches find pockets of hope where they can.

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Saturday, June 06

6:30pm

Monday, June 08

4:00pm
The Ice Forest

The Ice Forest

Claudio Noce | 2014 | DCP | 99 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Claudio Noce and actor Adriano Giannini on June 7

Claudio Noce proves himself to be a master of suspense with this heart-pounding thriller involving foul play and human trafficking set on the Italian-Slovenian border, shot with a swooping grace befitting its majestic Alpine setting. With Emir Kusturica in a supporting role!

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Thursday, June 04

3:30pm

Sunday, June 07

3:30pm
The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

Gabriele Salvatores | 2014 | DCP | 100 mins

North American Premiere

An unpopular 13-year-old boy suddenly discovers he has the ability to become invisible, and gets pulled into a new world of mystery, intrigue, and responsibility in this superhero fantasy from Gabriele Salvatores (I’m Not Scared) that harkens back to adventure classics of the 1980s.

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Sunday, June 07

1:00pm

Thursday, June 11

2:30pm
An Italian Name

An Italian Name

Francesca Archibugi | 2015 | DCP | 96 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Francesca Archibugi on June 6

A dinner party takes a turn for the volatile when the topic turns to the name of the hosts’ unborn child in this uproariously un-PC variation on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

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Saturday, June 06

9:00pm

Tuesday, June 09

8:45pm
The Lack

The Lack

MASBEDO | 2014 | DCP | 76 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with MASBEDO on June 4

Directing duo MASBEDO bridges the gap between the worlds of video art and narrative filmmaking in this poetic work of pure cinema, a vignette-based investigation of the meaning of “lack” through the journeys of six women on the Aeolean Islands.

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Thursday, June 04

9:15pm

Thursday, June 11

4:45pm
Leopardi

Leopardi

Mario Martone | 2014 | DCP | 144 mins

A luscious portrait of the great Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, from his days as the toast of Florentine literary circles to his death in the Neapolitan countryside.

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Monday, June 08

6:00pm

Wednesday, June 10

1:00pm
Money Buddies

Money Buddies

Daniele Cipri | 2014 | DCP | 90 mins

North American Premiere

Better Call Saul, Italian-style! In this timeless and fun buddy comedy, an unscrupulous lawyer and a penniless man just released from jail after 30 years for a crime he didn’t commit team up in the hopes of suing the state for big cash.

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Thursday, June 04

1:00pm

Saturday, June 06

4:00pm
N-Capace

N-Capace

Eleonora Dance | 2014 | DCP | 80 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Eleonora Danco on June 5

This sparklingly imaginative autobiographical story of playwright/director/actress Danco evokes the spirit of Fellini’s 8 ½ and sometimes pulls people of all ages on the street into its fanciful stagings that, even at their lightest, belie a deep poignancy.

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Friday, June 05

1:30pm

Wednesday, June 10

6:30pm
Natural Resistance

Natural Resistance

Jonathan Nossiter | 2014 | DCP | 86 mins

World-renowned sommelier and director of Mondovino Jonathan Nossiter offers a strong case in favor of organic wines from an environmental and political perspective in this must-see for any foodie.

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Monday, June 08

9:15pm
Short Skin

Short Skin

Duccio Chiarini | 2014 | DCP | 86 mins

North American Premiere

Q&A with Duccio Chiarini on June 5

A 17-year-old who suffers from phimosis (a congenital problem with the foreskin) yearns to lose his virginity while his family struggles with sexual issues of their own in Duccio Chiarini’s endearing and hilarious coming-of-age tale.

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Friday, June 05

9:00pm

Wednesday, June 10

8:30pm
So Far So Good

So Far So Good

Roan Johnson | 2014 | DCP | 80 mins

North American Premiere

Five students who’ve shared an apartment—and their many joys and sorrows—must part ways in this perceptive character study about the terrifying prospect of adulthood that won multiple prizes at the Rome International Film Festival.

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Friday, June 05

4:00pm

Saturday, June 06

1:30pm
The State-Mafia Pact

The State-Mafia Pact

Sabina Guzzanti | 2014 | DCP | 108 mins

North American Premiere

Disgraced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is only the tip of the sleazy iceberg in Sabina Guzzanti’s bombshell hybrid documentary that shows the collaboration between high-ranking government officials and the mafia in the early 1990s.

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Sunday, June 07

8:45pm

Wednesday, June 10

4:00pm
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