Traditionally known as the Italian film event dedicated to cutting edge and auteur driven fare sees only minor changes to its long-standing format.
'I've always been passionate about the Turin Festival and the characteristics of the festival as it was . and for the attention to films that is sometimes distributed and sometimes not but that is a bit less conventional and standard,' Moretti explained.
The festival will kick off with Tamara Jenkins' The Savages, in competition. Fifteen titles will vie for the $36,200 (Euros 25,000) Turin 25 prize including Lenny Abrahamson's Garage and Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl.
The Anteprime (Premiers) section features seven titles with Italian
distribution in place including San Sebastian winner A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Wayne Wang; Irina Palm directed by Sam Garbarski and starring Marianne Faithfull with the actress confirmed to attend; as well as Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights.
The Italian Panorama section presents five Italian features and documentaries. Among those titles are Fabrizio Bentivoglio's Lascia Perdere Johnny, produced by Domenico Procacci's Fandango banner and starring actress Valeria Golino and Cristina Comencini's In Fabbrica, a worker's themed documentary.
Turin's Out of Competition section hosts titles without Italian distribution including Actrices by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi who will be making the trip to present her film, Adeul (My Son) by Korean filmmaker Jin Jang and Aleksandra by Aleksandr Sokurov.
New sections added by Moretti include 'The state of things' (Lo stato delle cose) to focus on emerging themes in cinema. This year's focus is 'cinema as imaginary universe.' Fifteen titles have been selected.
The Zone is a new section showcasing experimental cinema. Eleven features and thirty documentaries or short films have been selected.
The fest also hosts three smaller scale competition slots: Italiana.doc features eleven films that vie for best Italian documentary with a $14,500 (Euros 10,000) prize; Italian shorts gives fifteen film makers the chance to win a $14,500 (Euros 10,000) prize and a 'Spazio' Turin prize, that offers piedmont-based filmmakers technical services for their next short.
This year's Turin Film Festival marks the end to one of the most polemical, talked about years in the Italian Festival circuit as three major festivals vie for space in a three-month span.
Moretti noted that Turin had invited the Rome Film Fest's winning film Juno, And the Spring Comes (which took the best Actress award) and Peur(s) du Noir- Rome's surprise film.
Normally reticent, Moretti also said he will make daily appearances to meet new Italian directors; present a conversation with Wim Wenders scheduled on the 24th and said he or other on his staff will present the in competition films before their screenings.
Moretti and his programming staff saw 2500 films and selected 220 titles for this year's festival.
As previously announced, Turin will dedicated two retrospectives to German director Wim Wenders, and to John Cassavetes.
The Turin Film Festival runs Nov 23-Dec 1, 2007.
COMPETITION LINE UP
Away from Her - Sarah Polley (Canada)
The Blue Hour - Eric Nazarian (US)
The Elephant and the Sea - Ming Jin Woo (Malaysia)
Garage - Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland)
The Railroad (Gyeong-Ui-Seon) Heung-sik Park (South Korea)
The Home Song Stories - Tony Ayres (Australia)
The Woven Stories of the Other (Huling Balyan Ng Buhi: O Ang Sinalirap
Nga Asoy Nila) - Sherad Anthony Sanchez (Philippines)
The Art of Negative Thinking (Kunsten A Tenke Negativt) - Bard Breien (Norway)
Lars and the Real Girl - Craig Gillespie (US)
Neandertal - Jan Christoph Glaser and Ingo Haeb (Germany)
Noise - Matthew Saville (Australia)
The Savages - Tamara Jenkins (US)
Lino Jean - Luis Malesi (France)
Naissance des Pieuvres - Celine Sciamma (France)
Volgelfrei - Janis Kalejis, Janis Putnins, Gatis Smits and Anna