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Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

The 19th edition of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, June 6-12.

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema is the leading screening series to offer North American audiences a diverse and extensive lineup of contemporary Italian films. This year’s 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.

The Opening Night film is Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas, adapted from the novel by Gomorrah writer Roberto Saviano.

Highlights of the lineup include Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro, a satirical reimagining of the fall of Silvio Berlusconi with The Great Beauty’s Toni Servillo as the disgraced and debaucherous prime minister; Mario Martone’s stirring period drama Capri-Revolution, Gianni Zanasi’s Lucia’s Grace, starring Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro, I Am Love), actor Valerio Mastandrea’s directorial feature debut Laughing, and the evocative romance Ricordi? By Valerio Mieli.

Additional standouts of the lineup include Euphoria, Valeria Golino’s quietly wrenching portrait of two brothers forced to reckon with their long-unspoken resentments when one falls ill; Edoardo De Angelis’s The Vice of Hope, a stirring survival saga about a desperate woman fighting to escape from her family’s criminal enterprise; and Magical Nights, Paolo Virzi’s murder mystery–cum–film industry satire studded with winking references to Italian-cinema legends.


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