FSLC & Luce Cinecitta Announce 16th Edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Istituto Luce Cinecittà announce the complete lineup for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, June 2-8. For 16 years, Open Roads has proudly offered North American audiences the most diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian film available. As always, the series includes both commercial and independent fare, ranging from a vérité documentary to a superhero movie, OUTRAGEOUS comedies to gripping dramas, with nine North American Premieres and in-person appearances by many of the filmmakers.
The 2016 edition strikes a satisfying balance between emerging talents and esteemed veterans, including two feature debuts-the lyrical coming-of-age tale Arianna by Carlo Lavagna and Adriano Valerio's poetic Banat, starring I Am Love's Edoardo Gabbriellini-plus the latest from Gianni Zanasi (The Complexity of Happiness) and Vincenzo Marra (First Light), and the final work from late cult director Claudio Caligari, Don't Be Bad, Italy's submission for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Ettore Scola's brilliant satirical tragedy Ugly, Dirty and Bad, for which he won the Best Director award at Cannes in 1976. Starring the great Nino Manfredi as a patriarch who refuses to share the payout of an insurance policy with his OUTRAGEOUS family, the film will screen in a beautiful new digital restoration at a special anniversary screening.
Other notable North American premieres include Gabriele Mainetti's gritty superhero anti-blockbuster They Call Me Jeeg, winner of seven David di Donatello Awards (Italy's top film honors); the witty relationship comedy Solo by writer-director-star Laura Morante; Claudio Cupellini's torrid love saga The Beginners; the Dardenne Brothers-produced Long Live the Bride by Ascanio Celestini; Maria Sole Tognazzi's lesbian romantic comedy Me, Myself and Her; Gianluca De Serio & Massimiliano De Serio's River Memories, a vérité portrait of a Turin shantytown; and revered documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Pannone's The Smallest Army in the World, paired with the premiere of the short documentary Viva Ingrid!, about Ingrid Bergman's years in Italy, directed by Alessandro (grandson of Roberto) Rossellini.
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.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 12. A pre-sale to Film Society members will begin Tuesday, May 10. Single tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and save with the $99 ALL ACCESS Pass or the 3+ film discount package. Visit filmlinc.org for more information.
Acknowledgments: Italian Trade Commission; Italian Cultural Institute New York; Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò-NYU; Antonio Monda.