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FESTIVALS Italy

Thriller's biggest names come to Courmayeur

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The newest edition of the Courmayeur Noir in Festival opens, as is tradition, under fresh snows and at the foot of Mont Blanc, with Film Noir, an animated film that is highly refined and highly faithful to the noir genre, by mysterious directing duo D. Jud Jones and Risto Topaloski; and closes with horror master Stuart Gordon’s Stuck, not yet released in the US.

Opening day’s two features – Film Noir and Hitman [+see also:
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by Xavier Gens (discovered by French studio EuropaCorp) – represent the almost diametrical extremes of creativity and technology applied to the genre. The former is a sophisticated re-interpretation of the universes of Dashiell Hammett (Continental Op) and James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) made in Serbia with an original and profoundly European style.

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Hitman was inspired by a successful videogame and transposes its ambiences in a breath-taking adventure spanning all four corners of the globe.

Thus, these are the first two titles that the jury – composed of Dario Argento (president), Paolo Briguglia, Sabrina Impacciatore, Jeff Lindsay and Michèle Maheux (managing director of the Toronto Film Festival) – will see before selecting the festival’s three official prize-winners at the awards ceremony on the evening of Sunday, December 9.

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