Open Roads is an all-too-brief survey of new Italian cinema presented annually by New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center. Now in it sixth year, the series offers a wide selection of films, most of which will never see distribution in the US; this year's festival runs from May 31 until June 8, and further details (including ticket information) can be found on the Open Roads website.

Not much happens over the course of Giorgio Diritti's directorial debut, The Wind Blows Round. A man and his family move into a small, foreign town and, eventually, they leave. Very little more exciting than that ever happens, and yet the movie is riveting, exploring such age-old issues as man's inhumanity to man while quietly, simply watching people live. Set in the tiny, fictional town of Chersogno in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, the film is choked with stunning scenery, each alpine scene more awesome -- and, often, more intimidating -- than the next. The gorgeous-yet-severe landscape combines with the movie's score and its unpredictable characters to create an ever-present tension that, though it seems unlikely in a film as slow-moving as this one, is in fact its driving force.
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