New Italian Cinema

This year's New Italian Cinema offers several distinct elements in the competition section, including the first-ever animated feature, an Italian production entirely in Arabic and a suspense-oriented film in the giallo tradition, among other extremely impressive first or second features. Opening Night features a very special evening with Edoardo Ponti alongside Asia Argento's welcome return to the director's chair, and the festival closes with another of Paolo Virzì's expert delineations of class inequity.

Films


An Evening with Edoardo Ponti

This special evening with Edoardo Ponti will feature two of his short films: The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, set in the Dolemite mountains, and Human Voice, featuring the iconic Sophia Loren in a tour-de-force performance. Read More

Misunderstood

Aria is a sensitive 9-year old, whose constantly warring parents eventually separate, leaving the youngster to fend for herself with only her schoolmate and a neighborhood stray to help assuage the deprivations of her home life. Read More

Viva la Libertà (Long Live Freedom)

When politician Enrico Olivera disappears after being heckled before a panel session, his long-suffering assistant discovers a twin brother, Giovanni, who has been in an institution for some time. Read More

Controra - House of Shadows

Relying on more classical methods of instilling fear rather than gouts of gore, Rossella de Venuto has crafted a shadowy and startling supernatural thriller where the dead really do get a chance to have their say. Read More

Per Ulisse

Director Giovanni Cioni’s poetic and moving documentary explores a drop-in center in a working class suburb of Florence. Besides poverty, the visitors of Project Ponterosso have experienced addiction, prison and homelessness. Read More

Up to the World

Alessandro Lunardelli’s debut feature focuses on two brothers whose large age difference has kept them from knowing one another better. This wide-ranging film investigates sexuality and the ways in which adult responsibility conflicts with self-discovery. Read More

Blame Freud

Bright and inviting, Paolo Genovese’s romantic comedy concerns a middle-aged therapist named Francesco who is concerned about the romantic welfare of his three adult daughters. Read More

The Art of Happiness

A beautifully realized film focusing on the personal history of a melancholic Naples cab driver, this is the first animated feature to be shown in NIC’s history. Read More

Remember Me

In this charming romantic comedy, Roberto is a kleptomaniac while Beatrice is prone to amnesiac fugues—a match made in heaven. Though Beatrice rejects him at first, she warms to Roberto when he attempts to help her with her OCD-type behavior. Read More

The Medicine Seller

A scathing indictment of the pharmaceutical industry, Antonio Morabito’s powerful drama depicts a stressed-out salesman using increasingly scurrilous means to sell his company’s product. Read More

I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Pietro is a brilliant chemistry professor hoping for a tenure contract. Increasingly desperate for money, he rounds up several friends in similar circumstances and they concoct a plan to manufacture a smart drug that will make them millions, resulting in a comedic version of Breaking Bad's narrative. Read More

In the Snow

On a wintry road trip, two people with mysterious backgrounds join forces. Set within landscape that implies a quiet menace of its own, In the Snow offers a consistently intriguing study of lives at a crossroads. Read More

Border

Topical and suspenseful, this debut feature details the plight of two sisters attempting to escape Syria by car. Alessio Cremonini has crafted a compelling narrative about lives utterly upended by civil war in this story lifted from true events. Read More

Human Capital

Structured in three parts, Paolo Virzì’s latest chronicle of familial and social dynamics involves the wealthy Bernaschi family whose son Massimiliano is suspected of forcing a bicyclist off the road. Read More