Voyages in Italy

In a nod to Casa d’Italia and its home in Little Italy, this series invites the audience to travel to the four corners of the country – Venice, Palermo, Umbria – along real and surreal paths, on roads both unsettling and enchanting.

As in Roberto Rossellini’s masterpiece Viaggio in Italia (1954), which sees the Joyce couple’s marriage fall apart under the scorching sun of southern Italy, the films in this series are not content with maintaining the status quo.

They question their world, our world. They confront humanity at its most banal and extraordinary. They reveal a society always on the brink yet managing to find a fragile and creative balance. They give a voice to men and women in a perpetual search for love and meaning.

In compiling this series, we succumbed to our desire to include films that we love and that shaped us, drawing on great classics and more recent productions. Italian cinema past and present continues to transport us, shake us to our core and captivate our minds.

Past program


One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ marks the moment when the director’s always-personal approach fully embraced self-reflexivity, turning one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema.

Federico Fellini
Italy

language: Italian
subtitles: French

138 min

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A Chiara

For Chiara’s sister’s 18th birthday, a big party brings together the whole family. The next day, Claudio, her father, leaves without a trace, and Chiara investigates his disappearance. As she gets closer to the truth, her own destiny takes shape.

Jonas Carpignano
Italia, France

language: Italian
subtitles: English

121 min

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Deep Red

With this movie, Argento perfected the classy, ultra-violent sub-genre that would come to be known as giallo and also perfected playing his audiences like a fiddle.

Dario Argento
Italy

language: Italian, English
subtitles: French

126 min

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Futura

In their travels across Italy, three filmmakers hear from a diverse range of young people, resulting in a snapshot of a generation for whom hope is always marred with uncertainty.

Pietro Marcello, Alice Rohrwacher, Francesco Munzi
Italy

language: Italian
subtitles: English

107 min

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Le Meraviglie

A family of beekeepers living in the Umbrian countryside finds their household disrupted by the simultaneous arrival of a silently troubled teenage boy and a reality TV show intent on showcasing the family.

Alice Rohrwacher
Italy

language: Italian
subtitles: English or French

112 min

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Mamma Roma

Mamma Roma, a prostitute in her forties, decides to change her life. She then rushes to get back her son Ettore, 16 years old, who grew up far away from her, in the countryside.

Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy

language: Italian
subtitles: English

110 min

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Pinocchio

Geppetto (Roberto Benigni), an old woodcarver, receives a piece of wood perfect for his next project: a puppet. But something magical happens – the cheeky puppet begins to talk, and can walk, run and eat like any young boy.

Matteo Garrone
Italy, France, United Kingdom

language: Italian
subtitles: French or English

125 min

International cinema


Selfie

How do you make a film about life in a poor neighborhood of Naples as an outsider? Director Agostino Ferrente came up with an idea as simple as it is brilliant: he gave teenagers in the district of Traiano a phone to film their lives in whatever way they liked.

Agostino Ferrente
France, Italy

language: Italian

76 min

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