Daily departures to the forefront of new Italian cinema start June 5th at the Film Society

No need to pack your bags. Just stop by the Upper West Side.

No need to pack your bags. Just stop by the Film Society this June 5th-11th

A mix of veteran talent and promising newcomers marks this year’s Open Roads program, the Film Society’s annual highlight of brand new films from Italy. While the whole series is worth a look for the chance to discover unfamiliar faces, unknown gems, and future award winners, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at some of the highlights:

  • We never get tired of a good, gripping mafia movie, but the program’s opening night selection, Edoardo Winspeare’s Brave Men really grabbed our interest. How often do you get to see a film that features a female crime boss? The film also boasts some Open Roads’ favorites–the director has joined us twice, while star Fabrizio Gifuni pulled off an amazing triple appearance last during last year’s program.
  • Like Gomorrah, the hit of last year’s New York Film Festival, Marco Amenta’s The Scillian Girl has the riveting force of an incredible true story behind it. Featuring a strong female protagonist, the film tells the story of a young woman who attempts to avenge the deaths of her brother and father, who were killed in a mafia war. This promising debut has some significant writing chops behind it–one of the co-writers also worked on the seminal spaghetti westerns Once Upon a Time in the West and For a Few Dollars More.


  • Lensed by Fellini cinematographer Pasquale Rachini (Satyricon), Pupi Avati’s Giovanna’s Father is a splendidly visual period piece. Telling the story of an unhinged young woman committed to a mental institution and her father, who remains her only link to the outside world, the film scored major awards at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Meet the Italian Bob Dylan in Effedia, a documentary about the brief career of the late Fabrizio De Andrè. The screening will feature an appearance by Italian rock star Jovanotti.

No long security lines, no transatlantic flight, all you do need to do to check out the latest in Italian cinema is come join us at the Film Society.

See the whole schedule and buy tickets

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