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Ghosts & Gangsters at 2018 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema

Sicilian Ghost Story 

Now in it’s 18th edition, the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema film festival hits Lincoln Center with a slate of Italian films. Taking place at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) and running from May 31 to June 6, the festival features 17 films.  The Opening Night selection is Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazz’s second feature, Sicilian Ghost Story, based on the true events of a missing young boy.

The fest will also include the premiere of Boys Cry, a gritty gangster genre debut by the D'Innocenzo brothers; Roberto De Paolis's feature debut about youthful self-discovery, and Pure Hearts; Sergio Castellitto's emotionally raw Fortunata, featuring legendary Rainer Werner Fassbinder leading lady Hanna Schygulla and Jasmine Trinca. Plus three works by returning Open Roads filmmakers: Marco Tullio Giordana's Nome di donna, Ferzan Ozpetek’s Naples in Veils, and Vincenzo Marra’s Equilibrium.

To learn more, go to: https://www.filmlinc.org/festivals/open-roads-new-italian-cinema/#films

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
May 31 - June 6, 2018

Walter Reade Theater
165 W 65th St.
New York, NY 10023

NY Portuguese Short Film Festival Brings Lisbon to Lincoln Center

 

Featuring the work of filmmakers from Portugal and Portuguese directors abroad, the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival (NYPSFF) will be running at Lincoln Center Howard Gilman Theater and the Tribeca Film Center May 30 - 31.

The first of its kind, the festival highlights the work of new and young Portuguese filmmakers. The Director of Arte Institute and the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival, Ana Ventura Miranda, says  that “The Portuguese Cinema has develop very much in the past years, especially  the short film format and that the NYPSFF showcases the new directors but also the country itself and its creativity”.

To learn more, go to: http://www.nypsff.arteinstitute.org/

The NY Portuguese Short Film Festival
May 30 - 31, 2018

Lincoln Center Howard Gilman Theater
144 West 65th St.

Tribeca Film Center
375 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10013

Cannes Film Festival 2018: Global Greats of Cinema

 

 

It is not truly festival season until Cannes returns. Running May 8 to 19, the legendary Cannes Film Festival returns to the scenic French Riviera with the usual parade of cinematic glitz and pomp. The Un Certain Regard section of the fest this year is chaired by actor Benicio Del Toro, alongside a jury of 3 women and 2 men who will reveal the prizewinners on Friday 18 May, during the Closing Ceremony. The new film by Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Donbass, will be the Opening film, and will be screened on Wednesday 9 May in the Debussy Theatre.

The American Pavilion features “Industry In Focus” Series and “In Conversation” lectures with directors and producers on topics shot as short films at Cannes, how technology can affect the film industry, the power of genre films, and more. To learn more, go to: http://www.ampav.com/

The competition includes films such as Kore-Eda Hirokazu’s Shoplifters in which a family that survives through petty crime adopt a young girl abandoned in the cold. In David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment's swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles. Legendary French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard brings Le Livre D’image (Picture Book), a mysterious film that wants to let you know that “war is here.”

 

To learn more, go to: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/

Cannes Film Festival
May 8 - 19, 2018

 

Fists Fly from New Filmmakers at the Anthology Film Archives

Greg Melia in Rishi Gandhi's Mr. Muay Thai Nation

Featuring the work of new and up-and-coming filmmakers, the New Filmmakers series at the Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, NY, NY) features a range of rising talent in cinema but on May 16, New Filmmakers will be showing a special program centered documentary and narrative shorts involving martial arts and boxing.

Rishi Gandhi’s Mr. Muay Thai Nation is a documentary following kickboxer Greg Melia of Westchester, and an intimate look into what drives a man to enter the ring again and again. Black N’ Blue, directed by Julius B. Kelly is about a Marine returning home from Afghanistan, struggling with PTSD, only to find a cop has profiled and killed one of his younger friends, leading to a grim confrontation. In Amydee, directed by Amy DePaola, A violent assault forces a 30 year-old bartender to re-examine her life and place in the world. In Red Sweat, directed by Andrew Merto, an underground fighter falls in love with a call girl who must escapes the clutches of sadistic crime lord. Not knowing who he can trust, he must fight for his and her life in hopes of escaping the consequences of his actions.

To learn more go to: http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/ or http://www.newfilmmakers.com/

New Filmmakers: Boxing & Martial Arts
May 16, 2018

Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

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