IFF21: Rome, Open City. Closing Night (Roma città aperta) 103 mins

  • IFF21: Rome, Open City. Closing Night
  • IFF21: Rome, Open City. Closing Night

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Sunday, 14 November
6:45PM 

Presented in a new 4K digital restoration, Rossellini’s remarkable drama Rome, Open City, starring Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role, is a towering and powerfully resonant cinematic achievement. Conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II in Rome, with immediacy in every frame, it follows the resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi, who is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.
Join us from 6:15 pm for a Limoncello cocktail and Connoisseur Gourmet Ice Cream as we say arrivederci to the festival with Roberto Rossellini’s stunningly restored classic Rome, Open City.

A profound drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it, Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City, is a towering and still powerfully resonant cinematic achievement, presented in a new 4K digital restoration.

The first to form what would become The War Trilogy and starring Aldo Fabrizi as a priest helping the partisan cause and Anna Magnani in her breakthrough role as the fiancée of a resistance member, Rome, Open City is a shockingly authentic experience. Conceived and directed amid the ruin of World War II, with immediacy in every frame, it follows the resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi (Marcello Pagliero), who is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake. Seventy-six years after its initial release this masterpiece has not lost its power.

Festivals & Awards

WINNER – Cannes Film Festival 1946, Best Feature Film

WINNER – Nastro d’Argento Awards 1946, Best Film, Best Supporting Actress

WINNER – National Board of Review USA 1946, Best Actress, Best Foreign Film, Top Ten Films

WINNER – New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1946, Best Foreign Language Film

“Rossellini forever changed the way we look at movies.”
L.A. Weekly