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Turin showcases emerging and established filmmakers

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Turin showcases emerging and established filmmakers

“Films with an innovative and surprisingly efficient language” is how artistic director-filmmaker Gianni Amelio describes this year’s Turin Film Festival (November 26-December 4) selection. Amelio is particularly satisfied with the programme, which as always flanks young talent – especially in the International Competition, for first, second and third films – alongside established names. The festival will close with Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter.

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Of the 16 titles in the Main Competition, eight are European, including Alessandro Piva’s violent yet funny Henry (Italy), Constantin Popescu’s Portrait of the Fighter as a Young Man [+see also:
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(Romania), and two British films that both take on Islamic fundamentalism: Christopher MorrisFour Lions [+see also:
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and The Infidel [+see also:
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by Josh Appignanesi.

The out of competition section – last year rechristened A Moveable Feast in honour of Hemingway – is plentiful, with many titles straight from the world’s leading festivals and directors, including Danny Boyle (127 Hours [+see also:
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), Christophe Honoré (Man at Bath [+see also:
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), Raul Ruiz (the monumental Mysteries of Lisbon [+see also:
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), Peter Mullan (Neds [+see also:
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), Richard Loncraine (The Special Relationship, on the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton), Mathieu Amalric (On Tour [+see also:
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); as well as historical and political documentaries such as Andrei Ujica’s three-hour The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu [+see also:
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and Susana de Sousa Dias’s 48 on the Salazar dictatorship in Portugal).

The TorinoFilmLab, the international workshop created in 2008 to support emerging filmmakers, continues to grow and flourish. From November 28-30, 120 professionals gather for its third Final Meeting Event and two projects made through the Lab will be shown out of competition during the festival: Paz Fabrega’s Agua Fria [+see also:
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and Michelangelo Frammartino’s The Four Times [+see also:
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interview: Michelangelo Frammartino
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(Translated from Italian)

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