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12 for Lincoln Center Italian Film Series

12 for Lincoln Center Italian Film Series

Twelve films as well as shorts are on tap for New York’s “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” series, taking place June 6 – 14 at New York’s Walter Reade Theater. Among the filmmakers tentatively scheduled to attend are directors Roberto Ando, Eugenio Cappuccio, Enrico Caria, Saverio Costanzo, Davide Ferrario, Giovanni Davide Maderna, Mario Monicelli, Laura Muscardin, Paolo Sorrentino, Vittorio Storaro and Francesco Tornatore and actors Alessio Boni and Luigi Lo Cascio. This year’s series opens on Wednesday, Jun. 6 with Mario Monicelli‘s “Desert Roses.” Inspired by the book Il deserto della Libia by Mario Tobino and continuing in the Italian tradition of “serious comedy,” the film stars Michele Placido, Alessandro Haber and Giorgio Pasotti as members of a WWII Italian medical unit waiting out the war in the Libyan desert. The men await the defeat of British-controlled Alexandria and a speedy return home, only to see their dreams crushed as the positive reports of their superiors prove inaccurate. Monicelli, who just celebrated his 92nd birthday, will be onstage after the screening to discuss his seven decades in film. The seventh annual series is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center along with FilmItalia and MiBAC. [Brian Brooks]

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