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OPENROADS:NEWITALIANCINEMAATTHEFILMSOCIETYOFLINCOLNCENTER
byNatashaLardera
Organized by the Film Society
of Lincoln Center together with
Istituto Luce-Cinecittà- Filmitalia,
in collaboration with the Italian
Cultural Institute of NewYork,
professor and journalist Antonio
Monda, the Alexander Bodini
Foundation and Casa Italiana
Zerilli-Marimò, “Open Roads:
New Italian Cinema” celebrates
its thirteenth year (June 5-12)
with an exceptionally strong and
diverse line-up.
Considered the leading
showcase of contemporary
Italian cinema in North
America, Open Roads (named
after Rossellini’s famous film
Rome: Open City
) was co-founded
by Antonio Monda, Richard
Peña – then the Film Society’s
Director – and Giorgio Rosetti,
Since the festival’s
inception, Antonio Monda
has handled the artistic
side of things, choosing
which films to bring to
American audiences eager
to see diversity, art, beauty
and, simply put, a sampling
of the most significant
Italian films of the past
year. The 2014 edition
includes the latest work by
established veterans, award
winners and promising new
talents making commercial
and independent films.
One clear novelty of this
season is the abundance of
documentaries.
“In past years it seemed there
was no room for them in Italian
cinema. The art of documentary
filmmaking seemed to have
disappeared. Yet we are glad to
say that many filmmakers have
used it to tell their stories. And
they tell them successfully.”
This is proven by the fact that
two documentaries presented
have already won top prizes.
Gianfranco Rosi’s
Sacro GRA
was the first documentary
to win the Golden Lion for
Best Film at the Venice Film
Festival.
Diversity,Art,andBeauty.
ItalianCinemaisBack!
former manager of Italia
Cinema, which later became
Film Italia. Since the festival’s
inception, Monda has handled
the artistic side of things,
choosing which films to bring
to American audiences eager to
see diversity, art, beauty and,
simply put, a sampling of the
most significant Italian films of
the past year.
How would you describe this
2014 edition of Open Roads?
“One word: diversity.This ediion
includes the latest work from
established veterans such as
Gianni Amelio (who is represented
by two films) RobertoAndò and
Daniele Luchetti, top award
winners, and promising new
talents fromboth the commercial
and independent spheres.”
Top:asceneofDanieleLucchetti’s
Annifelici
(ThoseHappyYears)whichwillbe
screenedatOpenRoad’sOpeningNightonJune5(1pmand6:30pm).
Bottom:TonyServilloin
Vivalalibertà
(LongLiveFreedom)byRobertoAndò
onshowJune6(1pm)andJune7(9pm).
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As in the past,
one of our aims
is to showcase a
variety of films,
ranging fromsober
dramas to irreverent
comedies. Many
portray Italy as a
disenchanted and
melancholic country,
given its current
difficulties. But
different directors do
this in different ways.
Photos by Alex Fiszbein
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