This June, FILM MOVEMENT PLUS Celebrates Italian Cinema with 7 Exclusive OPEN ROADS Gems Not Streaming Anywhere Else, a Pride Month Focus on LGBTQ Films and More!

AS THE 21ST EDITION OF OPEN ROADS: NEW ITALIAN CINEMA BEGINS THIS JUNE, FILM MOVEMENT PLUS CELEBRATES WITH SOME OF THE BEST OF PAST FESTIVALS WITH SEVEN EXCLUSIVE STREAMING PREMIERES NOT FOUND ANYWHERE ELSE! 

Includes THE PREDATORS; ITALIAN RACE; SUN, HEART, LOVE; FORTUNA; SELFIE; THE PLACE and IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS; June Also Includes a PRIDE MONTH Focus, Highlighting the Best of LGBTQ+ Cinema in the Film Movement Library

Film Movement Plus also celebrates Pride Month this June with a featured selection of award-winning LGBTQ+ films from its catalogue, including Marleen Gorris’ Oscar-winner ANTONIA’S LINE, THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN starring Vicki Krieps (Phantom Thread), BENT, starring Clive Owen and Winner of the Prix de la jeunesse award at Cannes, Emily Harris’ sensual Gothic feature CARMILLA, the incisive art world doc HOCKNEY, Derek Jarman’s iconic new Queer Cinema classic EDWARD II and Maysaloun Hamoud’s remarkable feature film debut, IN BETWEEN.

Friday, June 3 

FM+ PREMIERE: CARMILLA

Director Emily Harris Isolated from the outside world, fifteen-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives in seclusion on a vast country estate with her father and strict governess Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine). Late one evening, a mysterious carriage crash brings a young girl into their home to recuperate. Lara immediately becomes enchanted by this strange visitor who arouses her curiosity and awakens her burgeoning desires. This atmospheric coming-of-age tale, inspired by the 1872 Gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, garnered international acclaim from reviewers across the globe, including Alex Saveliev of Film Threat, who wrote, CARMILLA is “about the allure of the unknown, the forbidden, about discovering yourself and finding a strange solace in danger. Sensual, poetic, dark, and gothic, [it] eclipses Twilight in every aspect.” (2019 | 96 minutes)

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: THE PREDATORS (OPEN ROADS 2021)

Director Pietro Castellitto
Pietro Castellitto’s black comedy takes aim at class antagonism in contemporary Italy, with a vast network of characters—an assistant professor obsessed with the mystery of Nietzsche’s virginity (Castellitto); his father, a philandering doctor (Massimo Popolizio); his filmmaker mother (Manuela Mandracchia); a brash gun-shop clerk (Giorgio Montanini); and many others—flailing about and generally messing with each other in an inept world of schemes that seldom pan out. Ravishingly lensed by Carlo Rinaldi, buoyed by an inspired ensemble cast, and as insightful as it is gleefully brazen, The Predators plumbs the absurd for harsh, hilarious truths about latter-day social stratification. (2019 | 92 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: ITALIAN RACE (OPEN ROADS 2017)

Director Matteo Rovere
The passion for engines has always flowed in Giulia De Martino’s veins. He comes from a family that has been producing motor racing champions for generations. She too is a driver, an exceptional talent who, at the age of seventeen, took part in the GT Championship, under the guidance of her father Mario. But one day everything changes and Giulia finds herself having to face the track and life alone. To complicate the situation, the unexpected return of his brother Loris, a former driver by now totally unreliable, but with an extraordinary sixth sense for driving. They will be forced to work together, in a succession of adrenaline and emotions that will make them discover how difficult and important it is to try to be a family. (2016 | 119 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

FM+ PREMIERE: TWIN FLOWER (OPEN ROADS 2019)

Director Laura Luchetti
In writer-director Laura Luchetti’s strikingly photographed second feature, two teenage runaways forge a relationship haunted by their respective pasts. Anna (Anastasiya Bogach) is eluding a human trafficker for whom her father worked, and Basim (Kallil Kone) is a refugee from the Ivory Coast in search of gainful employment. Together they embark on a dangerous trip across the tough but breathtaking terrain of Sardinia in the hopes of overcoming their personal demons.  The remarkable chemistry between Bogach and Kone-both nonprofessional actors-carries Luchetti’s powerful film about coming of age in the throes of the refugee crisis. Warren Cantrell of The Playlist says “Bolstered by revelatory performances from its leads, and a timely thematic foundation appropriate to its place and moment, Twin Flower tells a story that’s as nuanced as it is profound…the complexity afforded to the characters and the universe they inhabit speaks volumes about the steady, thoughtful hand behind all of this.” And Robert Daniels of 812 Film Reviews pens that “Luchetti also offers some of the most exquisite shots of the Italian countryside since Luca Guadagino’s Call Me By Your Name…[in] a subtle study of two people who need each other.” (2018 | 96 minutes | Italian, French with English Subtitles)

Friday, June 10 

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: SUN, HEART, LOVE (OPEN ROADS 2017)

Director Daniele Vicari,
In this tragic ode to urban living from writer-director Daniele Vicari, Eli (Isabella Ragonese) puts herself through a crushing daily grind—a two-hour commute from the outskirts of Rome that’s slowly taking a toll on her health—in order to support her unemployed, loving husband and their children. Meanwhile, her lifelong best friend Vale (Eva Grieco in her debut role), a dancer living on her own, is faced with her own struggles after taking in a coworker who was beaten by her boyfriend. Beautifully blending melancholy with quiet joy, Vicari’s latest is a sorrowful, sensitively observed study of straphangers caught up in life’s unrelenting demands. (2016 | 109 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: FORTUNA: THE GIRL AND THE GIANTS (OPEN ROADS 2021)

Director Nicolangelo Gelormini
6-year-old Fortuna lives with her mother in an anonymous suburb. She spends her time with two playmates, Nicola and Anna, dreaming of being Nancy, an alien princess chased by giants who want to kidnap her and her friends. After a tragic accident happened to Nicola, an obscure secret surfaces in a struggle between reality and imagination, unveiling a horrible truth. A dark fairy tale, based on a true story. (2020 | 108 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

Friday, June 17 

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: SELFIE (OPEN ROADS 2019)

Director Agostino Ferrente
Several years after an unarmed teenager was shot by police in the Traiano region of Naples, filmmaker Agostino Ferrente travelled to the gang-ravaged neighbourhood to make a documentary about the lives of its young people—for whom the prospect of being swept up in Camorra activity perpetually looms. The film’s central subjects are Alessandro and Pietro, 16-year-old best friends whom Ferrente recruited to film themselves using smartphones in “selfie” mode as they go about their daily lives. The result is at once lyrical and raw, a deceptively offhand, richly moving chronicle of adolescent friendship in a social microcosm shaped by economic precarity, conflicting moralities, and the improbable persistence of hope. (2019 | 78 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: THE PLACE (OPEN ROADS 2018)

Director Paolo Genovese 

An enigmatic, nameless man (Valerio Mastandrea) sits in the corner of a bar, receiving visitor after visitor. They tell him of their profoundest wishes and desires, and he assures them they can have exactly what they want . . . but there will be a price, and the extreme deeds they must perform will lead them to question who they are and to what lengths they will go. An elegant reworking of the American television series “The Booth at the End”, this gripping, minimalist moral thriller boasts an all-star cast that includes Alba Rohrwacher, Silvio Muccino, and Rocco Papaleo. (2017 | 105 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

Friday, June 24

FM+ EXCLUSIVE: IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS (OPEN ROADS 2019)

Director Ciro D’Emilio
Abandoned by his father and left alone to care for his mentally ill mother, 17-year-old high-school dropout Antonio (Giampiero De Concilio) has had to grow up fast, navigating the complexities of the adult world while trying to hold onto what’s left of a normal teenage life. When he’s scouted by a professional soccer team, it seems like the break he’s been waiting for—but a series of calamitous personal crises threaten to derail his dreams. Anchored by a compelling lead performance from its up-and-coming star, this achingly naturalistic coming-of-age drama vividly evokes the world of a young man striving to succeed in the face of overwhelming odds. (2018 | 88 minutes | Italian with English Subtitles)

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