The fourth edition of the Festival “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” ends today, at New York’s Lincoln Center. It serves as confirmation of the growing success our cinema is receiving from general audiences and critics, and also marks the rise in our cinema’s market.
Long lines and sold out screenings have characterized the appointments of this important window on Italian cinema, organized by AIP-Filmitalia and the Film Society of New York’s Lincoln Center.
The Italian market benefiting greatly from this success, especially since the American territory is seen as arduous, has drawn up distribution agreements for Non ti muovere and Caterina va in città, Excellent news is being reported by journalists and producers who also see hope for films such as, Il Miracolo, Mio cognato and L’amore ritorna.
Scheduled for an immediate American release, La finestra di fronte, distributed by Sony Classics, and Ricordati di me, already bought by New Line pictures.
Besides an enthusiastic participation by the general public, also attending the Festival,and equally showing a passionate and enthusiastic regard for Italian cinema, were exceptional film personalities. Just to quote a few, : Martin Scorsese serving as Festival Host, Matt Dillon, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, Mira Nair, Isabella Rossellini , movie and theater directors, Jerry Schatzberg and Ulu Grosbard.
The new Italian cinema received excellent reviews in most top American newspapers, such as the New York Times, the Village Voice and Indiewire. Also gathering a lot of interest, was the delegation of industry artists , accompanied by the President of AIP-Filmitalia, Giovanni Galoppi. Among them were, actors, screenwriters and well known directors: Franco Battiato, Francesco Bruni, Paola Cortellesi, Riccardo Milani, Alessandro Piva, Ferzan Ozpetek, Paolo Virzì, Edoardo Winspeare and Fabrizio Bentivoglio, who met with the public and official press representatives throughout the Festival.
It is through big and high profile events like this one, organized in major and almost exclusive markets, that Audiovisual Industry Promotion intends to export the “Italian style”, so well liked by the American public, along with Italian films worldwide.