Within a few days of each other, Italian cinema
will land both in North and South America, in two global metropolises such as
New York and Buenos Aires. Two important events for the visibility of our
cinema, a showcase and a market for our films that have been awarded in the
main international film festivals. The internationalization of our cinema passes
through here. From May 31 to June 6, the prestigious Lincoln Center in New York
hosts the 18th edition of Open
Roads: New Italian Cinema. The artistic selection is curated by Dennis Lim,
Director of the Lincoln Center Film Society, and the programmer Dan Sullivan.
This event is already a well-established tradition, long-awaited by filmmakers
and producers in the same way as a big international film festival.
The selection reveals a special attention
towards what’s new and significant in Italian cinema. Besides their latest Rainbow – A Private Affair, the program
include Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s classic The Night of the Shooting Stars. The opening film is Fabio Piazza’s
and Antonio Grassadonia’s Sicilian Ghost Story.
Talents attending the event include: Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino, Anselma Dell’Olio,
Roberto De Paolis, Fabio and Damiano D’Innocenzo, Giorgio Ferrero, Paolo
Genovese, Marco Tullio Giordana, Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia, Vincenzo
Marra, Lucia Mascino, Ferzan Ozpetek, Francesco Patierno. Open
Roads is organized by the Filmitalia department of Istituto Luce Cinecittà and
by the Lincoln Center Film Society, in collaboration with ICE-Italian Trade
Commission of New York, and the Italian Institute of Culture.
The line-up of Open Roads: New Italian Cinema includes the following
Ghost Story by Antonio Piazza and Fabio Grassadonia, The Place by Paolo Genovese, Rainbow – A Private Affair by Paolo Taviani, Diva! By Francesco Patierno, Lucky by Sergio
Castellitto, Pure Hearts by Roberto
De Paolis, Crater by Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino, Nome di donna by Marco Tullio Giordana, Love Stories that Cannot Belong to This World by
Francesca Comencini, Naples in Veils by
Ferzan Ozpetek, Equilibrium by
Vincenzo Marra, Boys Cry by Damiano
and Fabio D’Innocenzo, Beautiful Things by
Giorgio Ferrero, Look Up by Fulvio Risuleo, The Night of the Shooting Stars by Paolo Taviani
and Vittorio Taviani, Marco Ferreri:
Dangerous but Necessary by Anselma Dell’Olio, The Ape Woman by Marco Ferreri.
From June 7 to 13,
the 5th edition of La Semana de Cine Italiano will take place in
Buenos Aires. The event is organized by the Filmitalia department of Istituto
Luce Cinecittà in collaboration with the Argentinian film distributors.
Throughout the years, the Semana has decided to engage in a dialogue with the
local distributors who suffers from the crisis plaguing some regions of Latin
America. For this reason, seven out of the ten films that will be presented
already have a distributor on board, which can make use of the event to cut the
costs for what concerns Spanish subtitles, press office, etc. The films will be
screened at the Cine Village Recoleta, in the most socially and culturally
vibrant area of the city.
The opening film is
Paolo Genovese’s The Place, that will
be release in Argentina by Diamond. Simone Godano, Vincenzo Marra and Valentina
Pedicini will accompany their films in Buenos Aires. This year the Semana
doubles with a program that will be partly shared with Santiago del Cile. The
line-up of the 5th Semana de Cine Italiano includes: Love and Bullets by Antonio & Marco
Stories that Cannot Belong to This World by Francesca
Comencini, Emma by Silvio Soldini, Where Shadows Fall by Valentina
Pedicini, Equilibrium by Vincenzo
Marra, Lucky by Sergio Castellitto, Husband and Wife by Simone Godano, The Place by Paolo Genovese, Holding Hands by Gianni Amelio, Friends by Chance by Francesco Bruni.
These two events,
rich with films and passionate viewers, operate within two different yet
fundamental markets – the key North-American market and the South-American
market currently in development. What they offer is the image of a multifaceted
Italian cinema, including arthouse films that get celebrated in the big festivals,
comedies able to translate transculturally, and contemporary classics (just
think of the Taviani brothers and Marco Ferreri). In this time in which
politics is not always able to reunite people, this is cinema with a passport
which can bring together both tropics of the American screen.