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Torino Film Festival flies the flag of rigour and curiosity

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- The programme for the 32nd edition of the gathering has been unveiled; it will unspool from 21-29 November 2014, under the auspices of new festival director Emanuela Martini

Torino Film Festival flies the flag of rigour and curiosity

The rigour of Nanni Moretti, the passion of Gianni Amelio and the pop spirit of Paolo Virzì: according to Emanuela Martini, this is what has been bequeathed to the Torino Film Festival by its three previous directors. From her side, the newly appointed director (read the news) will above all add curiosity to the mix. It is upon this sturdy foundation that the 32nd edition of the Torino Film Festival will get under way on 21 November, featuring a rich and varied programme (despite the €2.2 million budget, €200,000 less than in 2013) that, until 29 November, will offer a selection of 197 titles, including 65 first and second feature films, 45 world premieres and 23 international premieres. The movie with the honour of opening the gathering will be the sophisticated French comedy Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine, and the closing film will be Wild by Jean-Marc Vallée, the Canadian director who recently saw a great deal of success with Dallas Buyers Club.

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Fifteen titles will be presented in Torino 32, the main competitive section dedicated to authors of first, second or third works, and a true showcase for the best independent cinema from around the world. Featuring among these are two Italian movies (Frastuono by Davide Maldi, a stirring reflection on the power of music; and N-Capace, the debut film by playwright Eleonora Danco), two French ones (the noir road movie Eat Your Bones [+see also:
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by Jean-Charles Hue and Mercuriales [+see also:
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by Virgil Vernier, supported by the TorinoFilmLab), as well as the surreal, existential Hungarian comedy For Some Inexplicable Reason [+see also:
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by Gabor Reisz, the historical title Gentlemen [+see also:
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by Swedish director Mikael Marcimain, the erotic melodrama The Duke of Burgundy [+see also:
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by Britain’s Peter Strickland, Bas Devos’ Flemish debut, Violet [+see also:
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, and the German metropolitan noir The Kings Surrender by Philipp Leinemann

As always, the Festa Mobile section gathers together (out of competition) the best films that have been presented at international festivals, and which have not yet been released in Italy: from Britain comes The Theory of Everything [+see also:
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, the new movie by James Marsh (Man on Wire [+see also:
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), focusing on the life of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking; from Ireland, the tense ’71 [+see also:
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Q&A: Yann Demange
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by Yann Demange; from France, the sensual The Blue Room [+see also:
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interview: Mathieu Amalric
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by Mathieu Amalric and the astonishing TV miniseries directed by Bruno Dumont, Li’l Quinquin [+see also:
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; in addition to A Second Chance [+see also:
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by Susanne Bier, Force majeure [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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by Ruben Ostlund, Jack Strong [+see also:
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by Wladyslaw Pasikowski and Eau Zoo by Emilie Vernamme (standing out among the non-European titles are Magic in the Moonlight, Woody Allen’s new comedy; and the disturbing melodrama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby by Ned Benson, screening in its full, uncut version). The Italian titles featured in this section include Ogni maledetto Natale by Giacomo Ciarrapico, Luca Vendruscolo and Mattia Torre (the creators of the successful TV series Boris).

Other movies worth mentioning are 20,000 Days on Earth [+see also:
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, the docu-fiction starring Nick Cave; Nessuno siamo perfetti, about Tiziano Sclavi, the creator of Dylan Dog (both in the “Ritratti d’artista” – or “Portraits of an Artist” – subsection); and Diplomacy [+see also:
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by Volker Schlöndorff (in “Torino incontra Berlino” – “Torino Meets Berlin”). Furthermore, the Diritti & Rovesci section, devised by filmmaker (and former director of the Torino Film Festival, this year serving as guest director) Paolo Virzì, will feature five films all with a female focus and centred on work and civil rights, including Qualcosa di noi by Wilma Labate and Triangle by Costanza Quatriglio. Lastly, we must not neglect to mention the collection of “nocturnal” films (horrors, thrillers and noirs) entitled After Hours, the well-stocked TFF doc selection (including Italian and foreign works) and the most experimental sidebar, Onde, in addition to the TorinoFilmLab selection, which will present nine titles backed by the international training, development and funding workshop for cinematic works, which will hold its seventh Meeting Event during the TFF itself, from 24-26 November.

This year, the Gran Premio Torino will be awarded to British director Julian Temple. The Torino 32 Official Jury will be chaired by Ferzan Ozpetek. For more information on the very well-structured programme of the Torino Film Festival 2014, click here

(Translated from Italian)

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