Rome, Open City

  • Dir: Roberto Rossellini

  • Italy, 1945, 103 minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero

A world cinema landmark that launched the revolutionary style of Italian neorealism, Rossellini’s thrilling drama, simultaneously realistic and melodramatic, has left a trace on every film movement since. Shot amid the ruins of Rome during World War II, the story of brave resistance leaders struggling against the Nazi occupation is a shockingly authentic experience, galvanised by newsreelstyle cinematography. The infamous torture and execution scenes have lost none of their monumental impact today.

Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize of the Jury

National Board of Review: Best Actress, Best Foreign Language Film

13/3 (Sat): Film talk with William Lau


    In-theatre Screening

    • 2021-03-13 (Sat)
      2021-03-21 (Sun)


    1. Screenings at Emperor Cinemas iSQUARE, Emperor Cinemas Times Square and PREMIERE Elements : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

    2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

    3. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

    4. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.