I am a huge Open Roads fan.
I discovered the festival early in the run of Unseen Films and I have been a fan ever since. What initially drew me to the festival was the fact that it brought many of my favorite Italian film directors and personalities to New York. What kept me going back was it was opening up my eyes to all sort of great films I never knew existed, thus introducing me to new directors I need to keep an eye out for.
The festival is so good that I end up cursing myself for missing the films I catch at a later point. (This year I was annoyed I missed Freaks Vs The The Riech which is one of the best super hero movies ever made.)
As this posts I’m still wading through the selections. There are a lot of interesting films playing here so you’ll want to get tickets. While there are lot of good films there are two that I think are on my list for the absolute best films of this year so far::
THE STRANGENESS a story about how Luigi Pirandello came up for the idea for 6 Characters in Search of an Exit. It is a film you need to go with because of the structure, but you won’t mind because it has some of the craziest characters you’ll ever see.
THE DELTA is a moody thriller set in a rural region of Italy. Set in a swampy area it’s a film that looks and feels like nothing of recent vintage and more like the moody thrillers from the 70’s. This film blew me away and I’m trying to see if I can see it on the BIG screen. This is going to get a lot of chatter once more people see it.
Tickets are on sale now and I think if a film piques your interest you should just buy a ticket and go.