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Other notable North American premieres include master Ermanno Olmi’s haunting World War I meditation, Greenery Will Bloom Again; contemporary video artists MASBEDO’s The Lack; 9×10 Novanta, shorts by 10 Italian filmmakers to honor Istituto Luce’s 90th anniversary; and Sabina Guzzanti’s self-starring hybrid documentary, The State-Mafia Pact

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the complete lineup for Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, taking place June 4-11. For 14 years, the series 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, including Francesca Archibugi, Duccio Chiarini, Cristina Comencini, Roan Johnson, Mario Martone, MASBEDO, Ivano De Matteo, Lamberto Sanfelice, Gabriele Salvatores, and more.

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“We’re excited that Open Roads is returning with such a wide range of films and talent coming out of Italy today,” says programmer Isa Cucinotta. “From genre films to experimental works, returning masters to new voices, the scope and talent of voices is unprecedented. Ermanno Olmi and Mario Martone present gorgeous period films, while newcomers Duccio Chiarini and Roan Johnson explore the tribulations of young adults in their hilarious comedies. And for families, there is The Invisible Boy, the newest superhero to arrive on screen!”

The festival is proud to host some of the best and most notable Italian films making waves at recent film festivals across the globe. Lamberto Sanfelice’s promising first feature, Chlorine, which will be having its New York premiere, was recently nominated for the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Ivano De Matteo’s The Dinner won multiple prizes at last year’s Venice Film Festival and will be making its North American premiere at Open Roads. The dark film, based on Dutch best seller by Herman Koch about two couples who learn that their teenage children are murderers, will be soon adapted into an English-language version directed by Cate Blanchett. Another North American premiere, Roan Johnson’s dramedy about the lives of five friends at a crossroads, So Far So Good, won multiple prizes at the Rome International Film Festival, including the People’s Choice Award for Best Italian Movie.

Other notable North American premieres include the haunting World War I meditation Greenery Will Bloom Again by 83-year-old master Ermanno Olmi, whom Film Comment recently called “one of cinema’s greatest spiritual artists”;  Veteran director Gabriele Salvatores’s The Invisible Boy, a comic adventure tale with a sci-fi bent for all ages about a young teen with supernatural powers; The Lack, the latest experimental narrative film from Milanese contemporary video artists MASBEDO (Nicolò Massazza & Iacopo Bedogni); 9 x 10 Novanta, nine shorts made by 10 young Italian filmmakers (including NYFF52 writer-director of The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher) to honor the Istituto Luce’s 90th anniversary; and Sabina Guzzanti’s The State-Mafia Pact, a hilarious hybrid political documentary starring the director as Silvio Berlusconi.

There will also be a photo exhibit organized by EVOL Design in the Freida and Roy Furman Gallery to celebrate one of Italy’s most legendary film directors. Looking with Michelangelo Antonioni features Renato Zacchi’s rare photographs of Antonioni taken during the shoot of one of his final documentaries Sicily (1997).

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema was programmed by Isa Cucinotta and Dennis Lim and organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Istituto Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. The Film Society would like to thank the following for their support: Kim R. Brizzolara; The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation; Antonio Monda; Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; the Italian Trade Commission.

Sergio Castellitto e Valeria Bruni Tedeschi durante una scena del film "La Buca", regia di Daniele CiprìRoma-Svizzera 2013-2014

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 21. Film Society members at select levels will receive early access beginning Thursday, May 14. Single screening tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and SAVE with the 3+ film discount package. Visit for more information.

Opening Night
Latin Lover
Cristina Comencini, Italy, 2015, DCP, 104m
Italian with English subtitles

It’s been 10 years since the passing of Saverio Crispo, Italy’s most beloved movie star and most prolific ladies’ man. He left behind five daughters, each from a different relationship in a different part of the world. To mark the anniversary of his passing, mothers and daughters alike gather in his hometown to piece together the puzzle of the man they’ve known only as an icon. The international cast of Latin Lover features Almodóvar veterans Candela Peña, Lluís Homar, and Marisa Paredes, and especially poignant turns from three-time David di Donatello winner Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Human Capital) and the late Virna Lisi (Queen Margot) in her final screen appearance.

North American Premiere
Thursday, June 4, 6:30pm (Q&A with Cristina Comencini)
Monday, June 8, 1:30pm

9 x 10 Novanta
Marco Bonfanti, Claudio Giovannesi, Alina Marazzi, Pietro Marcello, Sara Fgaier, Giovanni Piperno, Costanza Quatriglio, Paola Randi, Alice Rohrwacher & Roland Sejko, Italy, 2014, DCP, 94m

Italian with English subtitles
In honor of the Istituto Luce’s 90th anniversary, 10 young Italian filmmakers (two working as a pair) completed nine 10-minute shorts using footage from its archives. As each director gives their personal spin on the past, their collective effort emphasizes the striking contrasts that comprise Italy’s recent history: from wartime to peace, from ruins to reconstruction, and from Fascism’s lost promised futures to the present day. Startling, moving, and, above all else, inventive, this omnibus reshapes and gives light to rare material unseen for decades. Includes a short by Alice Rohrwacher, writer-director of The Wonders (NYFF52). North American Premiere
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30pm

Chlorine / Cloro
Lamberto Sanfelice, Italy, 2015, DCP, 98m
Italian with English subtitles

Seventeen-year-old Jenny (Salvo’s Sara Serraiocco) dreams of becoming a synchronized swimmer, but when her mother dies unexpectedly and her father suffers a nervous breakdown, she’s forced to sacrifice her goals to keep the family together. Uprooting from the coastal town of Ostia to the mountains of Abruzzo, Jenny takes a job as a hotel maid, her salary going to support her father and 9-year-old brother. Co-starring Ivan Franek (The Great Beauty) as the ski-lift operator with whom she becomes romantically involved, the sensitive Chlorine was nominated for the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. New York Premiere
Sunday, June 7, 6:15pm (Q&A with Lamberto Sanfelice)
Tuesday, June 9, 4:15pm

The Dinner / I nostri ragazzi
Ivano De Matteo, Italy, 2014, DCP, 92m
Italian with English subtitles

Affectionate pediatrician Paolo (Luigi Lo Cascio) and businesslike lawyer Massimo (Alessandro Gassman) are brothers who seemingly enjoy all the trappings of bourgeois success, dutifully meeting once a month for dinner with their wives at an expensive restaurant despite the women’s mutual dislike. However, when a security tape reveals that Paolo’s son and Massimo’s daughter have brutally beaten a homeless man into a coma, resentments boil to the surface. This adaptation of Herman Koch’s best seller meticulously ratchets up the tension and brilliantly expands upon elements from the book, and the all-star cast (also featuring Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Barbora Bobulova) give unforgettable performances that linger long after the lights go up. Winner of four prizes at last year’s Venice Film Festival. A Film Movement release. North American Premiere
Friday, June 5, 6:30pm (Q&A with Ivano De Matteo)
Tuesday, June 9, 2:00pm

Greenery Will Bloom Again / Torneranno i prati
Ermanno Olmi, Italy, 2014, DCP, 80m
Italian with English subtitles

Throughout a six-decade career that spans masterpieces like Il Posto and The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Ermanno Olmi has earned the title “Poet of Silence.” With measured pacing and sparse dialogue, Olmi crafts films that are hypnotizing in their patient alertness. At age 83, he turns his attention to the First World War. But instead of making a combat film, he chooses to capture a single snowy night on the Italian front, as soldiers burrowed in trenches confront their loneliness and find pockets of hope where they can. Reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line in its ethereality and focus on inner thoughts, Olmi’s haunting meditation features actual World War I footage and is dedicated to the director’s father, who told him tales of the war as a child. North American Premiere
Saturday, June 6, 6:30pm
Monday, June 8, 4:00pm

The Ice Forest / La foresta di ghiaccio
Claudio Noce, Italy, 2014, DCP, 99m
Italian with English subtitles

When Pietro (Domenico Diele), a young repairman, journeys to an electrical station located in a remote village on the Italian-Slovenian border, he soon gets wrapped up in a mystery involving foul play, human trafficking, and his own past. Meanwhile, Lana (Ksenia Rappoport), a Slovenian investigator posing as a bear expert, struggles against the climate and the hardened ways of the men (including one played by Emir Kusturica) who live and work there to get to the truth. Shot with a swooping grace befitting its majestic Alpine setting, director Claudio Noce proves himself to be a master of suspense with this heart-pounding thriller. North American Premiere
Thursday, June 4, 3:30pm (Q&A with director Claudio Noce & actor Adriano Giannini)
Sunday, June 7, 3:30pm (Q&A with director Claudio Noce & actor Adriano Giannini)

The Invisible Boy / Il ragazzo invisibile
Gabriele Salvatores, Italy/France, 2014, DCP, 100m
Italian with English subtitles

Veteran director Gabriele Salvatores (I’m Not Scared) uses the superhero genre as a jumping-off point to reach the greater truths of adolescence, harkening back to 1980s adventure classics like The Goonies. Michele (Ludovico Girardello), who lives with his single mother (the superb Valeria Golino) in Trieste, is an unpopular kid who doesn’t seem to be good at anything. Constantly bullied, he sees his lovely classmate Stella (Noa Zatta) as the only bright spot in his life. One day, Michele discovers that he has the ability to become invisible, and suddenly finds himself drawn into a series of increasingly strange events involving Russian children who also have supernatural powers. North American Premiere
Sunday, June 7, 1:00pm
Thursday, June 11, 2:30pm

An Italian Name / Il nome del figlio
Francesca Archibugi, Italy, 2015, DCP, 96m
Italian with English subtitles

The hit French farce What’s in a Name?, released to great success in 2012, is transposed to Italy while retaining its crowd-pleasing core. David di Donatello Award winners Alessandro Gassman and Micaela Ramazzotti play Paolo and Simona, a glamorous couple with a child on the way. They invite another couple and a quirky musician friend to dinner, expecting a benignly pleasant evening, but things take a turn for the volatile when the issue of the child’s name is broached. Featuring acclaimed international actor and director (of the festival favorite Honey) Valeria Golino, An Italian Name is an uproariously un-PC variation on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. North American Premiere
Saturday, June 6, 9:00pm (Q&A with Francesca Archibugi)
Tuesday, June 9, 8:45pm

The Lack
MASBEDO, Italy, 2014, DCP, 76m

In an attempt to bridge the gap between the worlds of video art and narrative filmmaking, Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni (aka MASBEDO) have created The Lack, a radical, poetic work of pure cinema. Six women from six different countries—Eve (Lea Mornar), Xiu (Xin Wang), Anja (Giorgia Sinicorni), Nour (Ginevra Bulgari), Greta (Emanuela Villagrossi), and Sarah (Cinzia Brugnola)—navigate separate, barren Aeolean Islands by themselves. Working through their pasts, each of their journeys investigates the theme of a “lack,” including one that overtly references Antonioni’s L’Avventura. As visually dazzling as it is deeply emotional, MASBEDO’s experiment is worth every second. North American Premiere
Thursday, June 4, 9:15pm (Q&A with MASBEDO)
Thursday, June 11, 4:45pm

Mario Martone, Italy, 2014, DCP, 144m
Italian with English subtitles

Writer-director Mario Martone (We Believed) again returns to the 19th century in this sensitive, exquisitely shot portrait of the cherished Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. The son of a domineering count who prizes knowledge over all else, Giacomo (a brilliant Elio Germano) is locked away in a library to study. Yet Giacomo yearns to see the world, and his struggles with social and familial obligations color his Romantic writings about the human condition. When he is finally able to leave the family estate and becomes the toast of Florence’s literary circles, ill health and poor finances stymie his happiness. Shot on the Leopardi estate!
Monday, June 8, 6:00pm
Wednesday, June 10, 1:00pm

Money Buddies / La buca

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi e Sergio Castellitto durante una scena del film "La Buca", regia di Daniele CiprìRoma-Svizzera 2013-2014
Daniele Ciprì, Italy/Switzerland, 2014, DCP, 90m
Italian with English subtitles

Better Call Saul, Italian-style! Veteran ambulance chaser Oscar (Sergio Castellitto) gets bitten by a dog and decides to make some cash by suing its owner. However, this turns out to be Armando (Rocco Papaleo), a penniless man just released from jail after 30 years for a crime he didn’t commit, shunned by everyone—except his dog. Oscar sees the potential of getting millions in compensation from the state, and the two fifty-somethings team up in search of clues (along with the help of a friendly barista, played by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). A timeless and fun buddy comedy shot on 35mm. North American Premiere
Thursday, June 4, 1:00pm
Saturday, June 6, 4:00pm

N-Capace / N-Able
Eleonora Danco, Italy, 2014, DCP, 80m
Italian with English subtitles

A sparklingly imaginative autobiographical story in the spirit of Fellini’s 8 ½, playwright, director, and actress Eleonora Danco dons a toga to stage—and agonize over—key moments in her life, presenting them as theatrical tableaux. Shot in her seaside hometown of Terracina, Danco involves the townsfolk through interviews (reminiscent of Pasolini’s Love Meetings) and by encouraging them to participate in the drama: people of all ages sing, dance, and wear masks of their younger selves. However, the most inventive and incisive scenes come from her interactions with her tight-lipped 83-year-old father, which, even at their lightest, belie a deep poignancy. North American Premiere
Friday, June 5, 1:30pm
Wednesday, June 10, 6:30pm

Natural Resistance
Jonathan Nossiter, Italy/France, 2014, DCP, 86m
Italian with English subtitles

Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters author and Mondovino director Jonathan Nossiter returns with a fresh look at small-scale Italian vintners who eschew pesticides and chemicals. Drawing parallels between organic wine farming and film restoration, Nossiter intersperses strong testimony from four farmers in their vineyards in Piedmont, Tuscany, and Emilia with clips from silent comedies and newsreels. Preserving centuries-old traditions in the face of globalization (and crooked politics), their stories of resistance and environmentalism prove a strong vintage. A must-see for any foodie, wannabe sommelier, or even the casual wine fan, who will be hard-pressed to not buy organic after watching. U.S. Premiere
Monday, June 8, 9:15pm

Short Skin
Duccio Chiarini, Italy, 2014, DCP, 86m
Italian with English subtitles

In this endearing and hilarious coming-of-age tale, Edoardo (Matteo Creatini) has a congenital problem with his foreskin, and now at age 17, starts to feel the desire (and social pressure) to lose his virginity, either with his best friend Bianca (Francesca Agostini) or a bewitching singer in a band (Miriana Raschilla). Meanwhile, his family is wrapped up in sexual issues of their own: his parents are struggling with infidelities, and his little sister is obsessed with finding a mate for their dog. Never cloying or trivial, Duccio Chiarini’s film manages to capture the true euphoric and tormented spirit of adolescence. North American Premiere
Friday, June 5, 9:00pm (Q&A with Duccio Chiarini)
Wednesday, June 10, 8:30pm

So Far So Good / Fino a qui tutto bene
Roan Johnson, Italy, 2014, DCP, 80m
Italian with English subtitles

Winner of multiple prizes at the Rome International Film Festival, including the People’s Choice Award for Best Italian Movie, Roan Johnson’s bittersweet dramedy So Far So Good explores three days in the lives of five friends at a crossroads. Living together as students, they’ve shared much more than an apartment—they’ve pooled their joys and sorrows, and come to depend on one another. But now their education is complete and these young men and women must go their own ways. Over one last weekend they face an uncertain future and the choices that will lead them on separate journeys. Johnson’s perceptive character study (which he co-wrote) is sure to resonate with anyone who’s faced the terrifying prospect of life outside a safe and protective cocoon. North American Premiere
Friday, June 5, 4:00pm
Saturday, June 6, 1:30pm

The State-Mafia Pact / La trattativa
Sabina Guzzanti, Italy, 2014, DCP, 108m
Italian with English subtitles

Disgraced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is only the tip of the sleazy iceberg in this bombshell hybrid documentary, a detailed account of widespread government-mafia corruption. Both formally and factually engaging, this film by Sabina Guzzanti (Viva Zapatero!, Sympathy for the Lobster) was inspired by Elio Petri’s Three Hypotheses on the Death of Giuseppe Pinelli. Talking-head interview subjects give evidence about the collaboration between officials and the Cosa Nostra during the early 1990s, and then reenact certain events with the help of a green screen. Guzzanti herself plays Berlusconi, hilariously nailing his bluster. North American Premiere
Sunday, June 7, 8:45pm
Wednesday, June 10, 4:00pm

Photo Exhibit – June 1-10, The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery
Looking with Michelangelo Antonioni
An exhibition of Renato Zacchi’s rare photographs of Antonioni taken during the shoot of one of his final documentaries (Sicily, 1997). Event organized by EVOL Design.

Thursday, June 4
1:00PM Money Buddies/La buca (90m)
3:30PM The Ice Forest/La foresta di ghiaccio (99m) – Q&A with Claudio Noce & Adriano Giannini
6:30PM Latin Lover (104m) – Q&A with Cristina Comencini
9:15PM The Lack (76m) – Q&A with MASBEDO

Friday, June 5
1:30PM N-Capace/N-Able (80m)
4:00PM So Far So Good/Fino a qui tutto bene (80m)
6:30PM The Dinner/I nostril ragazzi (92m) – Q&A with Ivano De Matteo
9:00PM Short Skin (86m) – Q&A with Duccio Chiarini

Saturday, June 6
1:30PM So Far So Good/Fino a qui tutto bene (80m)
4:00PM Money Buddies/La buca (90m)
6:30PM Greenery Will Bloom Again/ Torneranno i prati (80m)
9:00PM An Italian Name/Il nome del figlio (96m) – Q&A with Francesca Archibugi

Sunday, June 7
1:00PM The Invisible Boy/Il ragazzo invisibile (100m)
3:30PM The Ice Forest/La foresta di ghiaccio (99m) – Q&A with Adriano Giannini
6:15PM Chlorine/Cloro (98m) – Q&A with Lamberto Sanfelice
8:45PM The State-Mafia Pact/La trattativa (108m)

Monday, June 8
1:30PM Latin Lover (104m)
4:00PM Greenery Will Bloom Again/Torneranno i prati (80m)
6:00PM Leopardi (144m) – Q&A with Mario Martone and Ippolita di Majo
9:15PM Natural Resistance (86m)

Tuesday, June 9
2:00PM The Dinner/I nostril ragazzi (92m)
4:15PM Chlorine/Cloro (98m)
6:30PM 9 x 10 Novanta (94m)
8:45PM An Italian Name/Il nome del figlio (96m)

Wednesday, June 10
1:00PM Leopardi (144m)
4:00PM The State-Mafia Pact/La trattativa (108m)
6:30PM N-Capace/N-Able (80)
8:30PM Short Skin (86m)

Thursday, June 11
2:30PM The Invisible Boy/Il ragazzo invisibile (100m)
4:45PM The Lack (76m)

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