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    Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center 2018

    Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center May 31-June 6 2018

    Jointly sponsored by the Istituto Luce CinecittÓ and the Film Society of Lincoln Center

    Festival Coverage thread


    Sicilian Ghost Story

    FILMS & DESCRIPTIONS
    All screenings take place at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) unless otherwise noted.

    Opening Night
    Sicilian Ghost Story
    Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza, Italy, 2017, 120m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    Winner of the David di Donatello award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s spellbinding follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 drama Salvo is by turns fantastic and ripped-from-the-headlines. One day after school, 12-year-old Luna (Julia Jedlikowska) follows her classmate crush Giuseppe (Gaetano Fernandez) into a possibly enchanted forest—and, just like that, he vanishes. Was he kidnapped by the Mafia, for whom his father used to work as an assassin before he turned informant? Grassadonia and Piazza’s film, based on true events, renders Luna’s quest for the truth as a transfixing blend of realism and mythology.
    Thursday, May 31, 1:00pm & 6:00pm (Q&A with Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza at the 6:00pm screening)
    ***Grassadonia, Piazza, and actors Vincenzo Amato and Filippo Luna are available for interview.***

    The Ape Woman / La donna scimmia
    Marco Ferreri, Italy/France, 1964, 100m
    Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    “One of Marco Ferreri’s earliest and most beloved films, The Ape Woman is inspired by the true story of 19th-century carnival performer Julia Pastrana. Annie Girardot gives a signature performance as “Marie the Ape Woman,” an ex-nun whose body is completely covered in black hair. She is discovered at a convent by sleazy entrepreneur Focaccia (Ugo Tognazzi), who marries her and swiftly gets her on the freak show circuit to cash in on her distinctive appearance. A freewheeling satire both hilarious and grotesque, The Ape Woman is distinguished by the irreverent wit and anarchic energy of Ferreri’s greatest work. New digital restoration!
    Tuesday, June 5, 8:45pm

    Beautiful Things
    Giorgio Ferrero & Federico Biasin, Italy/Switzerland/USA, 2017, 94m
    North American Premiere

    This wildly ambitious documentary follows four men who work in isolation at remote scientific and industrial sites around the world. Like monks, they carry out their daily tasks in silence and solitude, creating products soon to enter the capitalist cycle of production, consumption, and destruction. A ravishingly beautiful audiovisual experience, Giorgio Ferrero and Federico Biasin’s debut feature is a transfixing work about the origins of consumer society imbued with a musical sense of rhythm (Ferrero is also a composer and sound editor) and a wealth of aesthetic ideas about the way we live now.
    Sunday, June 6, 6:00pm (Q&A with Giorgio Ferrero)

    Boys Cry / La terra dell'abbastanza
    Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo, Italy, 2018, 96m
    Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    The D’Innocenzo brothers reinvigorate the gangster genre with their gritty, surprising debut feature, set on the outskirts of Rome. Best friends and aspiring restaurateurs Manolo (Andrea Carpenzano) and Mirko (Matteo Olivetti) kill a pedestrian in a car accident, kicking off a series of events that enmesh them with the local crime syndicate and push their mutual allegiance to the breaking point. Smart, stylish, and muscular, this critical hit at the 2018 Berlinale announces the D’Innocenzos as formidable and film-savvy new voices in Italian cinema.
    Sunday, June 3, 3:30pm (Q&A with Damiano & Fabio D'Innocenzo)
    Tuesday, June 5, 2:30pm

    Crater / Il cratere
    Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino, Italy, 2017, 93m Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    Documentarians Luzi and Bellino’s fiction debut stars Rosario and Sharon Caroccia (playing versions of themselves) as a carnival worker and his ostensibly unambitious daughter. He dreams she’ll hit it big as a pop singer, but when Sharon loses interest in pursuing this potentially lucrative profession, tensions build between the two. Luzi and Bellino summon their nonfiction filmmaking background to lend naturalism and spontaneity to this tale of helicopter-parenting that consciously recalls Luchino Visconti’s Bellissima. Crater is a moving parable about the gulf that exists between our desires and those of the people closest to us.
    Saturday, June 2, 1:00pm (Q&A with Silvia Luzi & Luca Bellino)
    Monday, June 4, 4:15pm

    Diva!
    Francesco Patierno, Italy, 2017, 75m
    Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    Valentina Cortese starred in films by such masters as Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and Franšois Truffaut (she was nominated for an Oscar for her turn as an over-the-hill, hard-drinking thespian in the latter’s Day for Night). In this inventive work of cinematic biography, eight actresses play Cortese at various stages of her career, amidst a kaleidoscopic wealth of film clips and archival footage. In a work that is by turns glamorous, celebratory, and soberly confessional, “Cortese” often addresses the viewer directly, yielding a direct and engaging portrait of an actress whose offscreen complexity often exceeded the roles she memorably incarnated.
    Friday, June 1, 4:00pm (Q&A with Francesco Patierno)
    Wednesday, June 6, 8:30pm

    Equilibrium / L'equilibrio
    Vincenzo Marra, Italy, 2017, 90m

    Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere
    The director of Vento di terra returns to Open Roads with this realist parable about faith and crime in Campania. After Roman priest Don Giuseppe (Mimmo Borrelli) begins developing an attraction to an employee of the refugee center where he works, he requests a transfer, settling just north of Naples. There, he finds himself in conflict with the Camorra when he tries to intervene in the local industrial-waste crisis, their nefarious tactics putting the priest’s spiritual resolve to the test. Working with a mix of professionals and non-actors, Marra renders a scrappy, moving drama about the antagonism between religious belief and the modern world.
    Sunday, June 3, 1:00pm (Q&A with Vincenzo Marra)
    Wednesday, June 6, 4:30pm

    Look Up / Guarda in alto
    Fulvio Risuleo, Italy/France, 2017, 90m
    Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    While taking a cigarette break on a rooftop in Rome, a young baker (Giacomo Ferrara) notices a curious fowl plummeting from the sky. He crosses from one rooftop to the next to get a closer look, and what he discovers is the beginning of a journey down an urban rabbit hole of incredible situations and bizarre characters (including one played by a delightfully off-kilter Lou Castel). Documentary filmmaker Fulvio Risuleo’s fiction debut is an odd bird indeed, an unpredictable and imaginative twist on the road movie that evokes Alice in Wonderland and recalls the early work of Michel Gondry.
    Sunday, June 3, 8:30pm

    Fortunata
    Sergio Castellitto, Italy, 2017, 103m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    Jasmine Trinca plays the ironically named Fortunata, a young mother and hairdresser living in Rome whose ambitions are constantly thwarted by inept, needy friends and family baggage. Awaiting a divorce from her soon-to-be-ex-husband and dealing with the resultant issues her 8-year-old daughter has developed, Fortunata begins taking her daughter to a handsome child therapist (Stefano Accorsi), with whom she has immediate chemistry. Also featuring legendary German actress Hanna Schygulla, Fortunata is an emotionally raw melodrama anchored by Trinca’s powerhouse performance, which earned her the Best Actress prize in the Un Certain Regard section at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
    Friday, June 1, 6:15pm (Q&A with Jasmine Trinca)
    Monday, June 4, 2:00pm

    Marco Ferreri: Dangerous but Necessary / La lucida follia di Marco Ferreri
    Anselma Dell’Olio, Italy, 2017, 77m
    Italian and French with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    Marco Ferreri: Dangerous but Necessary is a complex, multilayered portrait that seeks to give an underappreciated iconoclast his due. Directed by journalist-critic (and former Ferreri collaborator) Anselma Dell’Olio, the film draws upon interviews with such performers as Isabelle Huppert, Roberto Benigni, Hanna Schygulla, and Ornella Muti, as well as cinematic luminaries like Philippe Sarde and Dante Ferretti, to make the case for Ferreri as a figure who belongs on the same historical wavelength as such artistic revolutionaries as Godard, Fassbinder, and Bu˝uel. This fast-paced documentary’s enthusiasm for its legendarily provocative subject is positively infectious.
    Tuesday, June 5, 6:30pm

    Nome di donna
    Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2018, 90m
    Italian with English subtitles
    North American Premiere

    A woman courageously tries to break the silence in a culture of complicity surrounding sexual harassment in this all-too-timely film from Open Roads veteran Marco Tullio Giordana. Nina (Cristiana Capotondi) is a single mother who takes a job at a home for the elderly in Lombardy, where the inappropriate verbal treatment of her new manager (Bebo Storti) turns into outright assault. Nina’s quest to seek justice brings her face to face with the cultural and institutional mechanisms that allowed for the harassment in the first place. Ultimately, Nina is one of the most multidimensional and inspiring protagonists in recent Italian cinema.
    Saturday, June 2, 3:30pm (Q&A with Marco Tullio Giordana)
    Tuesday, June 5, 4:30pm

    Naples in Veils / Napoli velata
    Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy, 2017, 113m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    In this moody, baroque thriller from Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek, Giovanna Mezzogiorno stars as Adriana, a medical examiner who meets cute with younger man Andrea (Alessandro Borghi) during a party at her eccentric aunt’s garish apartment. They hit it off immediately, though their romance is curtailed when Andrea later stands her up. While inspecting a corpse at work, Adriana notices a distinctive tattoo that reminds her of Andrea’s—at least as she remembers it. So begins a gripping metaphysical murder mystery, in which Naples becomes a shadowy, mysterious labyrinth of desire and memory.
    Saturday, June 2, 8:30pm (Q&A with Ferzan Ozpetek)

    The Night of the Shooting Stars / La Notte di San Lorenzo
    Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 1982, 35mm, 105m

    Italian with English subtitles
    The Taviani brothers’ crowning achievement and winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, The Night of the Shooting Stars remains one of world cinema’s great war films. The story of a group of Italians in Tuscany fleeing the Nazis, who intend to bomb their small town before it can be liberated by the Americans, this is an enthralling chronicle of everyday people refusing to sit back and wait for history to redeem them, instead seeking their own salvation. This tonally eclectic, humanistic masterwork affectingly melds comedy, tragedy, and melodrama to convey the resilience of the Italian people during the war’s darkest hours.
    Monday, June 4, 8:45pm

    The Place
    Paolo Genovese, Italy, 2017, 105m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    An enigmatic, nameless man (Valerio Mastandrea) sits in the corner of a bar, receiving visitor after visitor. They tell him of their profoundest wishes and desires, and he assures them they can have exactly what they want . . . but there will be a price, and the extreme deeds they must perform will lead them to question who they are and to what lengths they will go. An elegant reworking of the American television series The Booth at the End, this gripping, minimalist moral thriller boasts an all-star cast that includes Alba Rohrwacher, Silvio Muccino, and Rocco Papaleo.
    Thursday, May 31, 3:30pm & 9:00pm (Q&A with Paolo Genovese at the 9:00pm screening)

    Pure Hearts / Cuori puri
    Roberto De Paolis, Italy, 2017, 114m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    An impeccably acted drama about youthful self-discovery, De Paolis’s feature debut is a fresh take on the “opposites attract” tale, set on the outskirts of Rome. Seventeen-year-old Agnese (Barbora Bobulova) plans to take a vow of chastity to appease her intensely devout mother, but then she encounters 25-year-old parking lot attendant Stefano (Simone Liberati) while shoplifting a cell phone. Stefano represents for Agnese an alternative way of being in the world beyond the strictures of the church, from which she feels increasingly alienated. Partly improvised and deftly filmed by DP Claudio Cofrancesco, Pure Hearts marks an auspicious debut for De Paolis.
    Friday, June 1, 8:45pm (Q&A with Roberto De Paolis)
    Wednesday, June 6, 2:00pm

    Rainbow: A Private Affair / Una questione privata
    Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy, 2017, 85m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    Few filmmakers have better embodied Italian cinema over the past 50 years than the Taviani brothers. Their latest and final film together (Vittorio died in April) is an elegant tale of young love caught in the whirlwind of war, loosely adapted from a book by Beppe Fenoglio. Set near Turin in 1944, Rainbow follows student Milton (Luca Marinelli) and his friend Giorgio (Lorenzo Richelmy), who both love the same woman (Valentina Belle). Their friendship is put to the ultimate test against a backdrop of violent struggle after the two men are swept up in the anti-fascist movement. A sensitive, atmospheric film about the connection between the personal and the global, this is an essential capstone to the Tavianis’ vital oeuvre.
    Friday, June 1, 2:00pm
    Monday, June 4, 6:30pm

    Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World / Amori che non sanno stare al mondo
    Francesca Comencini, Italy, 2017, 92m
    Italian with English subtitles
    New York Premiere

    Francesca Comencini adapts her own novel for this intelligent, intensely felt romantic comedy. Academics Claudia (Lucia Mascino) and Flavio (Thomas Trabacchi) have been a couple for seven years, but their physically and intellectually passionate relationship seems to have reached an impasse, and neither of them understands why. As a result, Claudia begins a process of reflection and self-exploration to come to terms with Flavio’s love in light of her own insecurities and neuroses. This funny, charming movie reveals the inner work we must do in order to move on with our lives.
    Saturday, June 2, 6:00pm (Q&A with Lucia Mascino)
    Wednesday, June 6, 6:30pm
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    Open Roads: New Italian Cinema At Lincoln Center 2018

    Plans are going ahead to cover the series.

    BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero
    It's a film about consumerism. (Venice 2017.) A rather high-toned documentary composed in four parts, with good music and images, it focuses on four men in different worlds and connects them abstractly.

    BOYS CRY by Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
    Twin brothers wrote and directed this film about best friends who get drawn into the Italian underground. A "muscular first feature," Boyd van Hoeij said, "A knockout." Well received at the Berlinale, a post-Gomorrah piece on what Jay Weissberg thought an overdone subject of amoral youths.

    CRATER by Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino
    About a fairgrounds huckster who grooms his daughter to become a pop diva. Won the Special Jury Prize at Tokyo 2017. By former documentarians and based on fact.

    DIVA! by Francesco Patierno
    An inventive bio-doc about Italian star Valentina Cortese, Oscar-nominated for her turn in Truffaut'sDay for Night. has actresses play segments of her life. Van Hoeij (again) calls it "inventive."

    EQUILIBRIUM by Vincenzo Marra

    The director's fourth feature follows a priest who returns to his native Campania and gets into a conflict with the Camorra over their waste exploitation, premiered at Venice in its "Days" series. Another documentarian turned to fiction. Shot modestly with non-actors like his successful Land Wind (2004).

    FORTUNATA by Sergio Castellitto
    A hairdresser plans to open her own salon, but hooking up with her kid's shrink distracts her. Castellitto is an extremely well known and prolific actor; this is his seventh film as director.

    LOOK UP by Fulvio Risuleo
    A bizarre trip across the rooftops of Rome. "Only Fulvio Risuleo could make such a bizarre and original movie like Look Up and only Giacomo Ferrara could interpret its leading role". Rolling Stone

    MARCO FERRERI: DANGEROUS BUT NECESSARY by Anselma Dell'Olio
    Documentary about an important but intentionally low-profile Italian director.

    NAPLES IN VEILS/NAPOLI VELATA by Ferzan Ozpetek
    At once an immersion in Neopolitan arts and culture and a mystery-shrouded thriller-romance. Sounds very enjoyable, if obviously apolitical.

    NOME DI DONNA by Marco Tullio Giordana
    An unexpectedly timely sexual harassment drama. The director is known internationally for his involving 2003 generational saga, The Best of Youth. In this one, star Cristiana Capotondi) is said to give a rich performance.

    THE PLACE by Paolo Genovese
    Davide di Donatello-nominated film about a mysterious figure who perhaps can grant the wishes of a group of strangers, in return for carrying out a task. Inspired by the US TV series "The Booth at the End." Genovese's natural dialogue has been praised. His 2014 Blame Freud was in Italian series but I missed it. This one has stars like Alba Rohrwacher, Silvio Muccino, and Rocco Papaleo.

    PURE HEARTS/CUORI PURI by Roberto De Paolis
    This was shown at Cannes 2017 Directors' Fortnight, about a Rome girl who takes a vow of chastity, then spots a boy that catches her eye.

    RAINBOW - A PRIVATE AFFAIR by Paolo Taviani
    Based on Beppe Fenoglio’s 1963 novel set during Italy’s mid-1940's civil war when partisans and fascists were fighting, but this may be a bland adaptation.

    SICILIAN GHOST STORY by Antonio Piazza, Fabio Grassadonia
    The Cannes 2017 Critics Week opener, based on a true story of a Mafia kidnapping of a youth to silence his father. This sounds like a winner.

    STORIES OF LOVE THAT CANNOT BELONG TO THIS WORLD by Francesca Comencini
    I reviewed her TV documentary In the Factory/In fabbrica in the 2008 Open Roads.
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