11 Contemporary Italian Directors Everyone Should Know

Film Society of Lincoln Center is treating us to a survey of new Italian cinema in their annual Open Roads program. Veterans and emerging directors alike will screen for New York City audiences, featuring the newest and greatest comedies, indies, and experimental features. To get into the spirit of the diverse lineup, we’ve highlighted the works of ten contemporary Italian filmmakers you should know — a starting point for newcomers. But this is hardly a complete list, so feel free to mention the recent films from Italy you loved, below.


Nanni Moretti

Films to watch: Caro diario, The Son’s Room, We Have a Pope, Mia madre (coming soon to the US)

A critical view: “Actor-writer-director Moretti, a darling of Cannes, where We Have a Pope premiered last May (and where he will serve as president of the jury next month), has often been referred to as the “Italian Woody Allen”; in his earlier works, like Caro Diario (1993), he turned the camera on himself and his foibles. Here, as in his previous film, The Caiman (2006), which takes aim at Silvio Berlusconi, he attempts to scrutinize the oddities of all-powerful leaders and institutions.” —Melissa Anderson for the Village Voice, We Have a Pope