100+ YEARS OF THE GREAT ITALIAN MOVIEMAKERS
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.
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.
Two Italian films win top prizes for Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
Stefano Savona's Samouni Road wins the L'Oeil d'or for Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gianni Zanasi's Lucia’s Grace has been named Best European Film in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.
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.
If anyone epitomizes the Renaissance Woman, it’s Lucia Grillo. An actress, director, writer, producer, journalist and head of her own production company, she traces her origins to Francavilla Angitola in the Vibo Valentia commune of Calabria. Now living in New York, Lucia hasn't forgotten her roots. She often returns to the region of Calabria, motivated to make films for anthropological, social and identity purposes.
Grillo uses filmmaking to explore why people immigrate, telling stories that reveal how we are all connected despite how different our backgrounds may be. Her first effort was A pena do pana (The Cost of Bread), a touching portrait of a Calabrese mother and daughter struggling to make ends meet in the economically depressed southern Italy. Set in 1959, the film follows 9-year-old Mariuzzedda as she harvests olives in the early morning then goes to school with a grumbling, empty tummy. She begins taking bread on credit at the local bakery, until the day comes when she must pay her debt.
Two friends struggle through five decades of dividing forces in Italian society. Originally shot as a six-part series for Italian television, the DVD/Streaming version was edited to 5 hours.
A love letter to the land of his origins, John Turturro's documentary came about after researching for a possible feature film in which he would play a Sicilian puppeteer.
A concentration camp survivor, played by a young Charlotte Rampling, comes face to face with her former abuser and lover after many years in this story of tortured, doomed love.
An unlucky couple tries to beat a millionairess at cards. Starring three legends- Bette Davis, Silvana Mangano and Alberto Sordi.. Commedia all'Italiana at its best.