Turin fest to honor Wenders, Cassavetes


ROME -- German director Wim Wenders and the late American actor and screenwriter John Cassavetes will be honored with retrospectives at this year's Turin Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

The announcement is the first significant move since Italian director Nanni Moretti took over as artistic director of the festival, which will hold its 25th edition Nov. 23-Dec. 1.

Both honorees have long ties to Italy.

Wenders, 61, who earned an Oscar nomination for his 1999 documentary "Buena Vista Social Club" and a Palme d'Or win at Cannes for 1984's "Paris, Texas," was twice nominated for the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award and won the top prize at the David di Donatello awards in 1985 a year later.

Cassavetes, a three-time Oscar nominee, won a Silver Ribbon Award from Italian Film Journalists in 1984 and a Golden Lion Award at Venice for "Gloria" in 1980. He died in 1989 at the age of 58.

"The two men have been fundamental in the landscape of independent film," a statement from the festival said.

The Turin event traditionally focuses on first, second, or third efforts from directors.