Turin fest spotlights U.K. 'renaissance'

Sidebar will screen 30 films from the '80s

TAORMINA, Italy -- The 26th edition of the Turin Film Festival will include a special sidebar on what it is calling the "renaissance of the U.K. film industry" in the period from 1980-1990.

In its second year under the direction of Italian auteur Nanni Moretti, Turin is focusing on directors who came of age in the 1970s and '80s. Last year's edition honored Wim Wenders, for example, and it has already been announced that the 2008 edition will feature a far-reaching retrospective of the work of director Roman Polanski.

The U.K. sidebar will feature about 30 films from the '80s and focus on the works of key figures from the decade, including Terence Davies, Stephen Frears, Peter Greenaway, Neil Jordan, Mike Leigh, and Michael Radford -- most of whom are Moretti's contemporaries.

The festival, which is set for Nov. 21-29, is predominantly a discovery festival, focusing its competition lineup on first and second works from up-and-coming directors.