Salvo Cuccia's "Frank Zappa Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily"

See Luchino Visconti Films in NYC

A retrospective dedicated to the maestro Luchino Visconti to follow Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

If you plan on being in New York for the next edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, which will be held this year May 31 – June 6, you may want to book the hotel for an extra couple weeks.

Beginning June 8, the Film Society of Lincoln Center along with Istituto Luce Cinecittà will present a complete retrospective of Luchino Visconti’s feature films, including many restorations.

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

May 31 – June 6

The Open Roads: New Italian Cinema  screening series offers North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. Co-presented by FSLC and Istituto Luce Cinecittà, this year’s 18th 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.


June 8-21
Italian nobility, a member of the Italian Communist Party during World War II, openly gay and staunchly Catholic, Luchino Visconti inhabited a complicated, at times paradoxical, role in Italian cinema culture. A leader in the neorealism movement who also worked with international stars like Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Alain Delon, and Dirk Bogarde, Visconti produced an oeuvre of modest and humane dramas as well as decadent, sprawling historical spectacles. Deftly aware of the subtle and rich means of cinematic expression, he imposed the narrative customs of opera and the novel onto film, yet remained sharply attuned to the social and political climates of the 20th century.

Encore screenings as Luchino Visconti sets the record as the most successful retrospective in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s history.

Actor Antonio Albanese on how his film Contromano was inspired by Italy's immigration crisis at Canada's contemporary Italian film festival.

The soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is coming to vinyl this summer with a special scene-themed release date.

Women in Film

The Trailblazers

From the silent era to today, Italian women have stepped behind the camera to tell their stories. We've partnered with Directed By Women to keep those stories alive by featuring women who gave and continue to give voice to the female experience through cinema.

Valeria Golino

Valeria Golino is one of Italy's most celebrated filmmakers having excelled both behind and in front of the camera. 

Born in Naples in 1966, Golino is no stranger to American cinema. Most recognized in the U.S. for her role in Rain Man in which she played the girlfriend of Tom Cruise's character, Charlie, the role put her on the map as an international star, but her humble beginnings have always kept her grounded.

The daughter of an Italian father and Greek mother, Golino spent most of her childhood and teenage years traveling between Naples, Rome and Athens. She had dreams of becoming a doctor but the constant moving between Athens, where she stayed with her mother, and Rome, where she stayed with her father, made it difficult to focus on school. So, she began modeling and eventually left her studies after she landed her first role in a feature film. Golino then went on to make a name for herself in Hollywood and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Sean Penn, Mike Figgis, Steve Buscemi and Peter Fonda not to mention Dustin Hoffman and Barry Levinson.

Spotlight on Cineturismo

Basilicata: Land of Cinema

From Italian films to Hollywood blockbusters, the region of Basilicata is in high demand 

due to its stunning natural landscapes and ancient stone structures.

Stream Classic & Contemporary Italian Cinema

Liza, Marco Ferreri

Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Denueve, a cartoonist lives alone on a Mediterranean island with his dog. A woman on a nearby boat swims to the island and takes the dog’s place.

Salvatore Giuliano, Francesco Rosi

Salvatore Giuliano is the true story of a real-life Sicilian bandit who had a Robin Hood reputation of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Rosi explores the mysteries surrounding Giuliano's brutal death in July of 1950.

Rehearsal For A Sicilian Tragedy, JohnTurturro

A love letter to the land of his origins, John Turturro explores his Sicilian heritage in this documentary that came about after researching for a possible feature film in which he would play a Sicilian puppeteer. 

Frank Zappa Summer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily, Salvo Cuccia

Director Salvo Cuccia takes the children of Frank Zappa on a journey through their origins as he recounts the summer of 1982, when Zappa played a concert in Palermo that was halted halfway through.

On Exhibit

Dreaming in Color: The Davide Turconi Collection of Early Cinema

Through June 24, 2018 

George Eastman House

Rochester, New York

Rationalism on Set: Glamour and Modernity in 1930s Italian Cinema

Through June 24, 2018

Estorick Collection of Modern
Italian Art - London