"It must be the Ponentino— the wind from the sea— blowing through the baroque gardens, or the scene of Roman pines rising from ruins, but each time I return to Italy, I realize how much I miss its decadence. Yes, it's this breeze, fresh yet melancholic, that makes me think of the persistent sense of fallacy in the eternal city. And while I can't escape being mesmerized by Rome's beauty, I question why contemporary Italian culture doesn't travel or translate. It's as if Italy is appreciated only for what it was, and not for what it has become"
- Antonio Monda, Lost in Translation, The Paris Review
Antonio Monda— Italian scholar, film director and professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts— curates a fortnight of Italian cinema both past and present. The collection features films by Gianfranco Rosi, Matteo Garrone, Alice Rohrwacher, Nanni Moretti and Marco Bellocchio.
Italian Film, 21st-Century Style runs December 4-18 at the Museum of Modern Art.