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Turin Film Festival

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A festival with new faces at the top, with Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan and Roberto Turigliatto taking over from Steve Della Casa, but with a programme that keeps to the traditional scope of the event. The 21st edition of the TurinFilmFestival (November 13-21), is still devoting a large part of its programme to independent cinema, especially from America, as well as ample space for documentaries and shorts. European cinema will also be making its presence felt with films in many of the festival’s sections.

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The International Competition for Feature Length Films will feature two Italian films, I cinghiali di Portici by Diego Olivares and Sulla mia pelle by Valerio Jalongo, and two French works, La fin du règne animal by Joël Brisse and un homme, un vrai by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu. Then there’s a Portuguese entry (Antes que o tempo mude by Luìs Fonseca), the Polish Przemiany by Lukasz Barczyk and the Austrian co-production Struggle by Ruth Mader.

Out of Competition, apart from the first film by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (It’s Easier for a Camel… [+see also:
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), which will be opening the Festival, there’ll be two Portuguese films (Durante o fim by João Trabulo and Xavier by Manuel Mozos), two Italians (Palabras by Corso Salani and Serva e padrona by Tonino De Bernardi), a French work, the long awaited return of Jacques Rivette with The Story of Marie and Julien, the Icelandic work Noi the Albino by Dagu Kari and the film by Karel Vachek from the Czech Republic: Who Will Guard the Guard? Dalibor or the Key to Uncle Tom's Cottage.

There’s a tribute to the great Portuguese director Joao Cesar Monteiro, who died 7 months ago, and one for Stavors Tornes, the filmmaker who worked between Greece and Italy in the '70s and '80s. The Docs in Europe section will be featuring 10 European works from Greece to Finland, and a whole host of Italian films in the specially reserved sections (read all about the Italian films in Turin on TamTamCinema).

For the complete festival programme: www.torinofilmfest.org

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