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Davies, Winding Refn and Europeans aplenty at the Turin Film Festival 2015

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- The 33rd Turin Festival, directed by Emanuela Martini with guest director Julien Temple, will kick off on 20 November with Suffragette. The new addition to this year’s Festival: Horror Night

Davies, Winding Refn and Europeans aplenty at the Turin Film Festival 2015
Nameless Authority by Salvo Cuccia

“A new addition to the Festival is Horror Night. Other than that, this year’s edition will follow its usual pattern of focusing on first-time directors and independent film”. This was how Emanuela Martini introduced the 33rd edition of the Turin Film Festival (20-28 November 2015) today in Rome, from which a young Orson Welles stands out in particular. 158 feature films, of which 47 are first and second films, with 50 world premieres, 20 international premieres and 8 European premieres, will be shown at this year’s edition, the second to be directed by Martini, which will revolve around the central theme of “coming-of-age stories, autobiographical films, stories about people searching for their roots, and family”.

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Of the 15 films being shown in the main competition (Torino 33), four are Italian: Colpa di comunismo [+see also:
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 by Elisabetta Sgarbi, Mia madre fa l’attrice [+see also:
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 by Mario Balsamo (who won the Jury Prize three years ago at Turin for Noi non siamo come James Bond [+see also:
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), Nameless Authority [+see also:
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by Salvo Cuccia and debut piece The Bear Tales [+see also:
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by Samuele Sestieri and Olmo Amato. The other films in competition come from France (rural noir Heatwave [+see also:
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by Raphaël Jacoulot), Denmark (thriller The Idealist [+see also:
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by Christina Rosendahl), and Portugal (“dishevelled and surreal” comedy John From [+see also:
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by João Nicolau), with Belgian-Swiss-French co-production Keeper [+see also:
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interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
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by Guillaume Senez, The Waiting Room [+see also:
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 by Igor Drljaca (Canada/Bosnia/Croatia) and French co-productions The Wolves [+see also:
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by Sophie Deraspe and Paulina [+see also:
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by Santiago Mitre.

The Festa Mobile section, which brings together out of competition films that have yet to be screened in Italy, features Suffragette [+see also:
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by Sarah Gavron (the opening film – see news article), Sunset Song [+see also:
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by Terence Davies (who is, according to the director “one of the poets of European cinema”, and will be awarded the Gran Torino Award 2015), La felicità è un sistema complesso [+see also:
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interview: Gianni Zanasi
interview: Valerio Mastandrea
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by Gianni Zanasi, Miguel Gomes’ trilogy Arabian Nights [+see also:
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interview: Miguel Gomes
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, Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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by Corneliu Porumboiu (selected for Cannes), and a number of British films such as High-Rise [+see also:
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by Ben Wheatley, starring Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, eccentric comedy The Lady in the Van [+see also:
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by Nicholas Hytner, musical/investigative film/thriller London Road [+see also:
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by Rufus Norris, Irish and British box office champion Brooklyn [+see also:
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by John Crowley, and the new “participatory film” of Italian director Antonietta De Lillo, Oggi insieme domani anche [+see also:
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, on the love life of couples, individuals and communities.

The new addition to this year’s Festival is Horror Night, scheduled for Saturday 21 November: a film marathon will run from 10pm until 6am and will feature The Girl in the Photographs (the most recent film produced by Wes Craven), The Devil’s Candy by Sean Byrne, The Hallow by Corin Hardy and February, directed by Osgood Perkins, the son of Anthony Perkins (Psycho). Many more films will be screened in Afterhours, the section dedicated to horror and more. Then there will be a section for films supported by the TorinoFilmLab, which, in 2015, helped 15 films to be made, of which eight will be screened at the Festival: they include Eva Nová [+see also:
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interview: Marko Škop
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by Marko Skop, Mountain [+see also:
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interview: Yaelle Kayam
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by Yaelle Kayam and Underground Fragrance [+see also:
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interview: Pengfei
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by Pengfei.

The guests for this year’s edition (which is being held on a budget of €2.4 million) include acclaimed Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will attend the screening of one of his favourite films, Terrore nello spazio by Mario Bava. Finally, the Festival will include sections for documentaries, short films, more experimental films (Onde), a tribute to Orson Welles, a science fiction retrospective, and the Cipputi Award dedicated to the career of Francesca Comencini, with guest director Julien Temple (read news article).

For the full programme of the 33rd Turin Film Festival, click here.

(Translated from Italian)

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