The Turin Film Festival has announced the line-up for the 28th edition of the festival, which runs November 28 – December 12.
This year’s festival will be bookended by French title In Your Hands (Contre Toi) (pictured) by Lola Doillon, which will open the festival, and the European premier of Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, which will bring it to a close.
The festival’s main competition, which focuses on cutting edge trends in cinema, features 16 films from a variety of regions, although Italy’s only entry is Alessandro Piva’s Henry, a drug-fuelled Rome-ste noir based on the novel by Giovanni Mastrangelo.
From the UK, debut director Chris Morris brings Four Lions, a terrorism themed comedy that focusing on a bungling London-based terrorist cell, and The Infidel by Josh Appignanesi – the story of a Muslim-raised man who descovers his biological Jewish heritage. The films are joined by fellow British director Shimmy Marcus whose SoulBoy, a coming-of-age story set in Wigan.
From the US, Winter’s Bone by Debra Granik, is a family drama about a young girl who seeks out her absent father when the family home risks to be lost, and White Irish Drinkers by John Gray.
Elsewhere in the compeition is Constantin Popescu’s Portrait Of The Fighter As A Young Man from Romania, about friendship and armed resistance in post-Soviet occupied Romania of the 1950s. South Africa brings Steven Silver’s The Big Bang Club, while Guatemala brings Las Marimbas Del Infierno, the Guatemala-France and Mexico co-production by Julio Hernandez Cordon, Also from Latin America, Por Culpa Tua by director Anahi Berneri.
Japan brings the single Asian entry to Turin with Last Chestnuts from Zhao Ye, and from Canada there is Les Signes Vitaux by Sophie Deraspe and Small Town Murder Songs by Ed Gass-Donnelly.
European entries include France’s Les Hommes Debout by Jeremy Gravayat, Belgium’s Vampires by Vincent Lannoo and Germany’s Blessed Events by Isabelle Stever.
Turin will also host many retrospectives including on Claude Chabrol in memory of the French film-maker, as well as to John Huston. Angelica Huston and Tony Huston are confirmed guests of the edition.
This year, the jury will be led by Italian filmmaker Marco Bellocchio.
A parallel event, the Turin Film Lab is a three-day event will involve 120 international film industry professionals including screenwriters, directors, producers and sales agents.
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