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Mystery fans will rejoice at the popular Courmayeur Noir festival under the shadow of the Alps. Thriller lovers descend annually on the exclusive ski-town in Italy to take in the latest and best film noir and literature of the year. Co-directed by Giorgio Gosetti and Marina Fabbri, the 24th edition is marked by a number of recent award winners and Italian premieres.
Competing for the main prize this year are Things People Do by Saar Klein, where a man turns to a life of crime to support his family, and the Cannes Un Certain Regard pick Andrew Hulme’s Snow in Paradise.
Hungary’s submission for best foreign language Oscar, Kornel Mundruczo’s White God joins the lineup. As does Argentina’s submissions, Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales. Both films were the surprise hits at Cannes this year with the former taking home the Un Certain Regard Award.
John Michael’s Calvary, about a priest who must battle the dark forces around him, stars Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd. And Kristian Levring’s The Salvation stars Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green in a Sergio Leone-styled Western noir.
Kevin Macdonald’s (Last King of Scotland) latest Black Sea gets its Italian premiere at the festival. The Focus Features film stars Jude Law as a submarine captain who follows a shadowy backer on a journey to make amends with past employers.
Sky Atlantic will show special screenings of Netflix’s Lilyhammer and FX’s Fargo, both premiering on the channel in December. Italy’s Fox Crime will bow The Blacklist, which comes to the country in January.
Horror maestro Dario Argento will debut his autobiography Paura (Fear) at the festival. And Lamberto Bava will present the new restoration of his father Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace in the centenary of the iconic filmmaker’s birth year.
And mystery writer Jeffery Deaver (The Bone Collector) will take home the festival’s prestigious Raymond Chandler award.
Disney Italia will close the fest with the Italian premiere of Big Hero 6. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the holiday cartoon has been making global box office waves.
Courmayeur Film Festival runs from Dec. 9-14.
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