'Roses' set to open N.Y. Italy spotlight

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The seventh annual Spotlight on New Italian Cinema kicks of June 6 at the Walter Reade Theater in New York with "Desert Roses" a comedy by Mario Monicelli starring Michele Placido, Alessandro Haber and Giorgio Pasotti.

Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center along with FilmItalia and MiBAC, the program Italy at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema will feature 12 films and several shorts from Italian filmmakers including Davide Ferrario, Saverio Constanzo and Giuseppe Tornatore.

The festival will premiere director Angelo Longaoni's "Caravaggio," starring Alessio Boni as the legendary painter, on June 8 and June 10. Boni and famed cinematographer Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "The Last Emporer," "Reds") will attend the Friday screening.

The festival will wrap June 14 with "Dark Sea" (Mare Nero), a thriller from director Roberta Torre starring Luigi Lo Cascio and Anna Mouglalis.
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