Turin Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 35th Edition

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Films including 'The Disaster Artist,' 'The Florida Project' and ‘The Death of Stalin’ will play at the Northern Italian festival.

The 35th Turin Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled that it will screen 134 feature films as part of its lineup, including 36 world premieres and 21 international premieres, with 40 films being directors' first or second features.

The opening-night film will be Richard Loncraine’s bittersweet comedy Finding Your Feet, staring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions and Joanna Lumley.

As usual, Turin's main competition focuses on emerging filmmakers in an effort to highlight new talent. Directors including David Gordon Green, Pablo Larrain, and Damien Chazelle have won the main prize in the past at the beginning of their careers.

Larrain will serve as president of this year's jury, awarding prizes for best film, special jury award, best actor and actress and screenplay.

Among this year’s competition lineup is Armando Iannucci’s second feature, The Death of Stalin. Anahita Ghazvinizadeh will screen his coming-of-age film They, which is produced by Jane Campion. Other entries include The White Girl from Jenny Suen and Christopher Doyle, Daphne by Peter Mackie Burns, Blue Kids by Andrea Tagliaferri, Beast by Michael Pearce, Barrage by Laura Schroeder and Bamy by Jun Tanaka.

Also screening in the fest's "Festa Mobile" section is Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in the early days of World War II. And Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Kings stars Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and depicts Los Angeles’ race riots in 1992.

Elsewhere on the lineup, Pacho Velez's and Sierra Pettengill’s comedic documentary The Reagan Show explores the late president’s communication skills, while Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley starring Elle Fanning will also screen. And Geoffrey Rush plays Alberto Giacometti in Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait.

In the “After Hours” section, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist about Tommy Wiseau’s cult film The Room will play as will David Freyne’s zombie thriller The Cured, starring Ellen Page, and Ana Asensio’s psychological thriller Most Beautiful Island.

As previously announced, Brian De Palma will have a career retrospective at the festival. The lineup includes early 1960s short films; his 1070s thriller-horror films, including Sisters and Carrie;1980s gangster films including Scarface, Wise Guys and The Untouchables; and more recent films including Carlito’s Way, Mission: Impossible, Redacted and Passion.

The closing film will be The Florida Project by Sean Baker. Set in a motel just outside of Disney World, the hyperrealistic story of childhood stars Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince ?and? Caleb Landry Jones.