Turin Film Festival Unveils Lineup

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‘Wild,’ starring Reese Witherspoon, will close the fest, with ‘The Drop’ and Woody Allen's latest also part of the lineup

The Turin Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled the lineup for its 32nd edition at dual press conferences in Turin and Rome.

Guest director Paolo Virzi was not present at either as he was in Los Angeles working the awards circuit. Virzi’s latest film, Human Capital, is Italy’s official entry to the Oscars' best foreign-language film category. His curated lineup for Turin, with 15 films in competition, is full of recent popular festival films from Cannes and Toronto.

Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovary, starring Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton, will open the festival. In the film, an ex-Parisian obsessed with Gustave Flaubert settles into a Norman village, meeting a couple that seems to reflect the life of Flaubert’s most celebrated novel.

Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, will close the festival. Witherspoon’s role as a girl who leaves behind a life of hard drugs and men to hike the Pacific Crest Trail has garnered early Oscar buzz for the actress. The film will be released in Italy in February by 20th Century Fox.

Festival honorees include The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne whose turn as a young Stephen Hawking is also top on the lists of early Oscar nominations buzz. And music video pioneer Julien Temple will receive the Gran Premio Torino.

Competition films inlcude New Zealand Vampire flick What We Do in the Shadows by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, and Bryan Reisberg's Big Significant Things, a road trip through Southern America's larger tourist attractions. 

There will also be a special focus on portraits of artists, including 20,000 Days on Earth about Australian rocker Nick Cave. The film has already become a cult favorite for fans of the musician.

Meanwhile, Jim Mickle’s crime thriller Cold in July, starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, will get its Italian premiere in Turin.  

The Festa Mobile section will include Michael R. Roskam’s thriller The Drop, screening ahead of its March premiere in Italy. The film stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and James Gandolfini in his last performance.

Other highlights include Woody Allen’s latest Magic in the Moonlight, starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone, Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman, starring Hilary Swank, and David Michod's The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. And Dario Argento will screen a long-awaited restoration of his 1975 film Deep Red, the original giallo film.

Director Ferzan Ozpetek will serve as president of the jury. 

Turin Film Festival runs Nov. 21-29.

Nov. 11, 7 a.m. Updated with additional details.

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