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The best of international independent film at the Turin Film Festival

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- The programme of the 34th edition of the festival directed by Emanuela Martini, which will take place in the Piedmontese capital from 18 to 26 November 2016, has been unveiled in Rome

The best of international independent film at the Turin Film Festival
I figli della notte by Andrea De Sica

Different styles, genres and trends, and a strong representation from Latin America: this, according to artistic director Emanuela Martini, sums up the 34th Turin Film Festival (18-26 November 2016), the programme for which, heterogeneous and stimulating as ever, was presented today in Rome. There’s a lot of America in there, including North America, but a lot of European film will also be showcased at this year’s edition of the Turin-based festival, which is bringing us 158 feature films in total, including 46 first and second films and 43 world premieres.

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Fifteen titles make up the main competitive section, Torino 34 (first, second or third works, with a jury led by Ed Lachman), which focuses on young talent and the best of international independent film. The only Italian director in the running is first-timer Andrea De Sica (grandson of the great Vittorio De Sica) with I figli della notte [+see also:
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, a dark fairy tale that mixes horror, political analysis and a love of film. Staying in Europe, France brings us Paris Prestige [+see also:
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by Hamé Bourokba and Ekoué Labitey, in the directorial debut of two members of French rap group La Rumeur, and Jesus [+see also:
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by Fernando Guzzoni, co-produced with Chile. There’s also a bit of French life blood in Porto [+see also:
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by Gabe Klinger, produced by Jim Jarmusch (with Portugal and Poland). Then there’s Belgian film The Eavesdropper [+see also:
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by Thomas Kruithof, starring François Cluzet, British film Lady Macbeth [+see also:
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by William Oldroyd, the portrait of a dark ingenuous and depraved lady, German metaphysical mystery We Are the Tide [+see also:
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 by Sebastien Hilger, and Serbian title Wind [+see also:
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 by Tamara Drakulic.

Festa Mobile, an extensive section that gathers together the best productions of the year and success stories from other festivals, brings us Things to Come [+see also:
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by Mia Hansen-LøveElle [+see also:
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by Paul Verhoeven, After Love [+see also:
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 by Joachim LafosseThe Fixer [+see also:
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 and Illegitimate [+see also:
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 by Adrian SitaruA Quiet Passion [+see also:
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 by Terence Davies, as well as Absolutely Famous: The Movie, a film adaptation by Mandy Fletcher of the BBC sitcom of the same name starring fashion stars of the likes of Kate Moss, uninhibited French comedy Struggle for Life [+see also:
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 by Antonin PeretjatkoFree Fire [+see also:
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 by Ben Wheatley (the closing film of the festival), and Slam – Everything for a Girl [+see also:
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, in which Andrea Molaioli moves the setting of the book by Nick Hornby to Rome. Other Italian titles worth mentioning in this section include Human Happiness [+see also:
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 by Maurizio ZaccaroNessuno ci può giudicare by Steve Della Casa, which focuses on Italian music stars from the 1960s, Roberto Bolle. Dancing in Art by Francesca Pedroni, and Sono Guido e non guido by Alessandro Maria Buonomo, a mockumentary about the poet and performer Guido Catalano.

Like every year, the two documentary competitions (international and Italian) are also back, featuring Attack by Carmit Harash, a musical documentary about secularism, equality and freedom after the attacks in France; Kazarken by Güldem Durmaz, in which Denis Lavant, playing centaur Chiron, guides the Turkish director in the search for her roots; A pugni chiusi by Pierpaolo De Sanctis, on the existential parable of Lou Castel in Italy; and, out of competition, La femme aux cent visages by Jean-Daniel Pollet, a dramatisation of love through 80 female portraits, and Wrong Elements [+see also:
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, the debut film by well-known writer Jonathan Littell.

Then there’s the After Hours section, featuring the most bizarre of horror, erotic and mockumentary films (worth mentioning are Those Who Met Me Did Not See Me [+see also:
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 by Bruno Bigoni, which centres around a mysterious unpublished photo by Arthur Rimbaud); the experimental Onde section, which will feature 18 films of varying length; the Cose che verranno retrospective, which, for the second year running, brings together works from the past that portray the future, and the punk section (40 years on from the birth of the punk movement), with seven films from between 1976 and 1986; and finally, a selection of short films, two meetings with Gabriele Salvatores (guest director of this year’s edition and mini section Cinque pezzi facili, featuring five of his favourite films) and the TorinoFilmLab films, including Godless [+see also:
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by Ralitza Petrova (winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno). The Gran Torino award this year goes to director of photography Christopher Doyle.

(Translated from Italian)

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