Turin Film Festival director Nanni Moretti has announced two retrospectives and two new sections.

In his first edition as artistic director of the 25-year-old festival, Moretti has selected John Cassavetes, as well as to German director and President of the European Film Academy, Wim Wenders as subjects of two retrospectives.

'The Turin Film Festival proposes the complete works of (these)fundamental auteur in the panorama of independent cinema,' the festival announced in a statement.

The Cassavetes retrospective will include full versions of his feature-length films as a director, the TV series Johnny Staccato and episodes of Colombo where he was either actor or director.

'The revolutionary language of Cassavetes,' the statement read, 'broke apart the fabulous lie of the Hollywood machine of the 1950s.'

Wim Wenders' retrospective will also encompass all of his works of 40-years work in film-making. Wenders will be on hand at Turin, organisers said.

Moretti has further announced two new non-competitive sections.

The Zone (La Zona) 'proposes to explore the most advanced and experimental
points of contemporary production with particular attention to 'out-of-format' works and products that, technologically and linguistically, don't usually find space in the regular film and television distribution.'

The State of Things (Lo Stato delle Cose) will be the second new section of Moretti's creation. It 'intends to find and analyse a moment each year that is particularly vital and unexplored in contemporary cinema.'

The section is further defined as a 'national emerging cinematography of a genre that comes from improvised vitality of an auteur or a 'school' that is as yet unknown in our country.'

As announced at Berlin, the traditional competitive sections were reconfirmed:

  • International feature competition (which focuses on first, second or third works), Italiana.doc (dedicated to Italian documentaries)
  • Italiana.corti (dedicated to Italian short films)
  • Spazio Torino (dedicated to productions shot in Turin or Piedmont or
  • shot by local directors)

The 25th edition of the Turin Film Festival will take place Nov 23-December 1, 2007 under the guidance of Turin's National Cinema Museum.