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 titles: Sicilian 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 Manetti, Love 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.