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Hitchcock makes a mark at the Courmayeur Noir

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- In competition Lasse Hallström, Lucas Belvaux, Alberto Rodríguez and Federico Zampaglione’s films

Hitchcock makes a mark at the Courmayeur Noir

The Hypnotist [+see also:
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by Lasse Hallström, 38 Temoins [+see also:
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by Lucas Belvaux and L’innocenza di Clara [+see also:
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by Toni D’Angelo are among the films playing at the 23rd edition of the Noir in Festival, which will be taking place in Courmayeur from 10-16 December.

Completing the list of films in competition are La traversée [+see also:
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by Jérôme Cornuau, Los Salvajes [+see also:
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by Alejandro Fadel, The Lithium Conspiracy by Davide Marengo, Grupo 7 [+see also:
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by Alberto Rodríguez, Berberian Sound Studio [+see also:
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by Peter Strickland, Sightseers [+see also:
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by Ben Wheatley and Tulpa [+see also:
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by Federico Zampaglione, as anticipated by Cineuropa (read the news story).

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Among the out-of-competition films, is this year’s most surprising horror comedy (Cuban Juan of the Dead [+see also:
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), producer Luca Argentero’s directing debut (previously produced Evil Things by Simone Gandolfo) and the Spanish cartoon Snowflake, the White Gorilla [+see also:
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for young children. Opening the festival will be the formidable Sir Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock (photo), directed by Sacha Gervasi. Robert Redford’s film The Company You Keep will be closing a day dedicated to American films, which will also feature Emile De Antonio’s unforgettable 1976 film Underground. A surprise short entitled A Therapy by Roman Polanski will also be shown.

"In questa nuova edizione il nostro desiderio era quello di intensificare ancora di più il rapporto che esiste tra cinema e letteratura", spiega Marina Fabbri che dirige la rassegna con Giorgio Gosetti. Infatti l'ospite d’onore e vincitore del Raymond Chandler Award 2012 sarà lo scrittore americano Don Winslow, l’autore di best seller adrenalinici di cui Oliver Stone ha appena adattato Le belve. Il pubblico del festival avrà la possibilità di incontrare anche Evan Wright che, con la sua discussa biografia sul re della cocaina John Riccobono, ha ispirato lo Scarface di Brian De Palma.

"Our wish was to intensify the relationship between cinema and literature in this edition,” Marina Fabbri, who is head of selection with Giorgio Gosetti, explained. “Indeed, the guest of honour and winner of the 2012 Raymond Chandler Award is American writer Don Winslow, whose bestselling novel Savages has just been adapted into a film by Oliver Stone. The festival’s audience will have the opportunity to meet Evan Wright who, with her John Riccobono drug trafficking biography, inspired Scarface by Brian De Palma."

A two-day conference called "The Mafias and us" will also be held under the direction of journalist and writer Gaetano Savatteri. The conference will be centred around an analysis of the mafia phenomenon in all its various forms.

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(Translated from Italian)

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