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Open Roads 2017 - New Italian Cinema

From June 1st through June 7th, Istituto Luce Cinecittà and the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host the 17th edition of the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema film festival, showcasing new cinematographic talent in a 14-piece selection of the past year¹s top films out of Italy. All films will be screened at Walter Reade Theater, located at 165 W 65th St, New York, NY. Wedding together the past with the present, the festival compiles what can be considered an anthropological study in its own right, surveying contemporary Italian culture manifest in cinematic tradition. The Opening Night selection is the New York premiere of Edoardo De Angelis¹s Indivisible, a captivating feature about talented conjoined twins whose dreams for their futures start to diverge around their eighteenth birthday. This year¹s edition showcases 13 additional titles, all North American or New York premieres, including At War with Love, acclaimed Italian TV personality Pierfrancesco Diliberto¹s World War II­set satire; Federica Di Giacomo¹s exorcism documentary Deliver Us, which won the Orizzonti Prize at last year¹s Venice Film Festival; Marco Tullio Giordana¹s Two Soldiers, the last in his popular organized crime trilogy; and The War of the Yokels, Davide Barletti & Lorenzo Conte¹s fable about a society at war‹cast almost completely with children. The films at the Open Roads festival received a combined 48 David di Donatello nominations, the Italian equivalent of the Academy Awards, with Indivisible winning the most awards with six. The lineup transitions organically from blockbusters to independent works, from acclaimed stars to brilliant up-and-comers, shedding light on Italy¹s ever-blooming contemporary cinematic culture. For more information, visit www.filmitalia.org and www.cinecitta.com.