Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. | Read MoreDocumentary and Nature
A brand-new archival print, with new English subtitles, of Vittorio de Seta's rarely screened second feature film, which earned Jacques Perrin the Best Actor award at the 1966 Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of a young writer's descent into madness. Lea Padovani costars, and the score is by Ennio Morricone. (see also Detour de Seta in Showcase) | Read More
Claudio Giovannesi’s award-winning second dramatic feature captures one week in the life of sixteen-year-old troublemaker Nader, who, despite his mother’s threats and family’s insistence that he respect his Muslim roots, fights, steals and pursues an Italian girlfriend. A stunning example of contemporary Italian neo-realism, Alì Blue Eyes is an engrossing coming-of-age story about an immigrant who will stop at nothing to fit in. | Read MoreDrama and Relationships
One of the goals of the Tribeca Film Festival has always been to seek out and encourage new talent and bold visions from every corner of the globe. Get your tickets now to see the first or second documentary feature from an emerging filmmaker chosen as the best of the Fest by a jury of internationally acclaimed filmmakers. | Read More
Panos Cosmatos brings his bold, Kubrickian vision to the screen in stunning detail in this sci-fi fable of a young woman imprisoned in an experimental laboratory facility and the mysterious scientist who is her captor. At once creatively futuristic and hypnotically retro, Beyond the Black Rainbow will absorb viewers in its unique dystopian futurescape. | Read MoreScience Fiction
When his life is shattered by a terrifying accident, a successful interior designer winds up in the desolate extremes of Patagonia, trying to find himself among other lost, disaffected men. Pablo Trapero's haunting film demonstrates why he is at the cutting edge of Argentina's most exciting cinema.
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Offering a rare glimpse into the making of a masterpiece from 1945-Roberto Rossellini's classic of Italian neorealism, Rome Open City- this fascinating documentary emphasizes Rossellini's desire to "do something useful" in the wake of World War II and to find a reason for the Italian people's sacrifices. | Read MoreDocumentary
A virtual history of gangsterism in Italy between the '70s and the '90s, Crime Novel follows the epic trajectory of three young delinquents who dream of taking over the Roman underworld. Eventually their dream becomes a reality, and as their violence escalates, it becomes inseparable from the terrorism, kidnappings, and government corruption simultaneously plaguing Italy. | Read MoreDrama
Vittorio de Seta (b. 1923) is credited with having made both features and documentaries that depicted the brutal industrial development, which transformed Italy in the second half of the 20th Century. This documentary will be accompanied by Martin Scorsese's presentation of several rare de Seta documentary shorts. (See also Almost a Man in Restored and Rediscovered.) | Read More
How do you make one of the world's most revered fashion brands your own? That is the task facing creative director Frida Giannini in this authoritative look at the past, present and future of The House of Gucci, directed by director/cinematographer Christina Voros (Kink) and co-produced by James Franco. Taking advantage of rare, behind-the-scenes access, Voros shows how the Florentine trendsetter has been reimagined in the past few years. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
Roberto Rossellini's delicate mediation of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, whom we follow from his immersion in religion to his attempts at melding spirituality with everyday life. Cowritten with Federico Fellini, this gentle film is structured as a series of simple vignettes that serve to convey St. Francis' universal teachings. | Read More
The turn-of-the-century voyage of a poor family from rural Sicily through the "golden door" of Ellis Island and into America is beautifully portrayed in this visually striking, emotionally resonant narrative. Charlotte Gainsbourg portrays the young bride in this new film by N.Y.U. graduate Crialese that was Italy's Oscar submission this year. In English and French. A Miramax release.
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A well-meaning Cristiano spends days searching for just the right present for his love. Finally, he happens upon the perfect restuarant and books a table for the night. Fastforward to the evening of his lover's birthday. Everything is going smoothly until destiny unexpectedly knocks on his door and takes him for a jolting ride. | Read MoreDrama
Gil Rossellini (son of Italian filmmaker Roberto and brother of actress Isabella) documents his battle with a rare and devastating bacterial infection, which left him a paraplegic. Shot in a charmingly low-tech, off-the-cuff manner, Kill Gil (Volume 1) conveys a tremendous sense of hope and perseverance, while avoiding pat feelings of pity and morbidity. In English. | Read MoreDocumentary