Turin Film Festival Day 1 to 4

h3TurinFilmFestival23rdNov1Dech3Despitethefactthatover300filmfestivalsvieforattentioneachyearandnewonesarecreatedeveryotherdaytherearecertainfestivalsthathavewithstoodthetestoftimeandcontinuetostandoutinacrowdedmarketplace.TurinorTorinoasthelocalscallitisoneofthem.LocatedinthenorthwestareaofItalyandfamousforhostingtheWinterOlympicsin2006itcelebratedits25theditionthisyearthefirstunderthehelmofabrandnewartisticdirectorNanniMoretti.brbrAppointingMorettiwasobviouslyatacticaimedatraisingtheprofileofthefestival.HoweverchoosingMorettiahighlyrespectedawardwinningfilmmakerinhisownrightwasalsoaninspireddecision.HisfilmTheSonsRoomwonthePalmDOratCannesin2001andhislatestfilmTheCaimanwhichisabrutalandhighlycriticalexaminationofformerPrimeMinisterSilvioBerlusconiandItaliatoday.InhishomelandMorettiisaswellknownforhisoutspokenleftistintellectualviewsasheisforhisfilmmaking.Hesknownassomeonewhoisnotafraidtosaywhatsonhismindandhedoesntmincewordssoin2006whenRomehelditsinauguralfilmfestivalonemonthbeforeTurinMoretticonsidereditahostileact.Thegauntlethadbeenthrowndownasfarashewasconcernedandthechallengewasmaythebestfestivalwin.brbrTorinohoweverhasnothingtofear.ItswellknownasanarthousefestivalandwhatitlacksinglitzcomparedtoVeniceandRomeitmorethanmakesupforinthecinematicgemsitnotoriouslyunearthsfromaroundtheglobe.Itsconsideredoneofthemostprestigiousfestivalsaroundbecauseitsfocusisondiscoveryandcriticalobservationandanallcomprehensiveviewofcontemporarycinema.brbrThisyearisnodifferent.230filmswillscreenoverninedays.ThesectionsareTorino25filmsincompetitionwhichwillsee16filmmakerscompetefortophonoursincludingtwoAussiefilmsNoisebyMatthewSavilleandTheHomeSongStoriesbyTonyAyres.Seethefulllistbelow.brbrOthersectionsincludePremiersItalianPanoramaOutofCompetitionTheStateofThingsabrandnewsectiondevotedtonewideasorthemesoffascinationLaZonaanalysestheexperimentalproductionsincontemporarycinemaItalianDocsandLAmorePerGliInizidebutingItaliandirectors.TFFsretrospectiveshavealsomadeanameforthemselvesovertheyears.ThisyearpromisestobearealtreatwithbothWimWendersandJohnCassavetesbeinghonoured.brbrIfyoureafanofeitherfilmmakerandwhoisntthenyoullappreciatetheimportanceofaretrospective.Itsarareopportunitytostudyafilmmakerscareerandartisticdevelopmentinonefellswoop.WenderswhohelpedputhisretrospectivetogetherwillbeonhandforQAsaftereachofthescreenings.Hesalsomadealittlevideointroductiontoeachofhisfilms.Theseprovideafascinatingandprofoundinsightintothemotivationbehindthemakingofhisfilms.Hetalksaboutwhatwasgoingoninhislifeatthetimewhatinspiredthestoryandwhathehopedtoachieve.brbrTheCassavetesretrospectivewillscreenallofthefilmmakersworkincludingthetelevisionseriesJohnnyStaccatoandepisodesofColomboheactedinordirected.TwoofthedirectorscollaboratorsandfriendsareonhandallweektodiscussthelatedirectorsworktheyareactorSeymourCassellandproducerAlRubin.BothmenareclearlydelightedtoseetheCassavetesfilmsliveonandbediscoveredbyawholenewgenerationoffilmlovers.Botholdtimersareincrediblycharmingandfullofbehindthescenestoriesabouttheescapadesthegroupusetogetupto.brbrOpeningNightfilmisTamaraJenkinsTheSavages.ThefilmstarsLauraLinneyandPhilipSeymourHoffmanastwoneuroticmiddleagedsiblingswhohavetodealwiththefactthattheirestrangedfatherhasAlzheimersandhastogointoanursinghome.Thepremiseisnotparticularlysexythatsforsurebutitsnotasdepressingasitsounds.Thepleasurehereliesintheminutiae.Thesiblingschildhoodwastraumaticbutratherthandealwithitbothhavetriedtopushitintotherecessesoftheirminds.Butbeingwiththefatherbringsalltheirissuesmessilyspillingoutallovertheplace.AnyonewhosawJenkinsfirstfilmSlumsofBeverleyHillsknowsthatshehasawayoflookingatlifethatisbothwittyinadeadpanandsardonickindofwayyetcompassionate.ThecharactersherearedamagedandflawedyetJenkinshasaknackforinvestingthemwithsuchhumanitythatthetragedybecomessomethingbittersweet.Jenkinshascreatedsomethingtruetolifebutavoidedthemelodramatic.Thisisacomingofagestorywithadifference.brbrbrbTORINO25LINEUPbrbbrAWAYFROMHERbySarahPolleyCanada2006brTHEBLUEHOURbyEricNazarianUSA2007brTHEELEPHANTANDTHESEAbyMingJinWooMalaysia2007brGARAGEbyLennyAbrahamsonIreland2007brGYEONGUISEONTHERAILROADbyHeungsikParkSouthKorea2006brTHEHOMESONGSTORIESbyTonyAyresAustralia2007brHULINGBALYANNGBUHIOANGSINALIRAPNGAASOYNILATHEWOVENSTORIESOFTHEOTHERbrbySheradAnthonySanchezPhilippines2007brTHEARTOFNEGATIVETHINKINGbyBrdBreienNorway2007brLARSANDTHEREALGIRLbyCraigGillespieUSA2007brLINObyJeanLouisMalesiFrance2007brNAISSANCEDESPIEUVRESbyClineSciammaFrance2007brNEANDERTALbyJanChristophGlaserandIngoHaebGermany2006brNOISEbyMatthewSavilleAustralia2007brTHESAVAGESbyTamaraJenkinsUSA2007brVOLGELFREIbyJanisKalejsJanisPutninsGatisSmitseAnnaVidulejaLatvia2007brbrbPREMIERESbrbbr10ITEMSORLESSbyBradSilberlingUSA2006brCHARLIEBARTLETTbyJonPollUSA2007brEASTERNPROMISESbyDavidCronenbergCanada2007brIRINAPALMbySamGarbarski2007brMYBLUEBERRYNIGHTSbyWongKarWaiHongKongChinaFrance2007brONCEbyJohnCarneyIreland2006brATHOUSANDYEARSOFGOODPRAYERSbyWayneWangUSA2007brbrbITALIANPANORAMAbrbbrINFABBRICAbyFrancescaC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nthemusicforTheEndofViolence.HehadjustgottenbackfromHavana.Hisheadwasintheclouds.Iaskedhimwhatwasthematterandhesaidhisheadwasstilltherebecausehedjustrecordedthebestmusicofhislife.Iwantedtohearitbuthesaiditwasntreadyhestillhadtomixit.ButIhaveahardheadsoIkeptbugginghimuntilhecoughedupacassettewhichIlistenedtointhecar.Igothomethreehourslater.Icansaythatthefilmbeganthenextmorning.brbrYoudonthavetobeafanofLatinmusictoappreciatethisfilm.ItwasnominatedintheBestDocumentarycategoryattheOscarsandalthoughWendersdidntwinandwasseriouslypissedoffaboutthattheaimoftheprojectwastocapturethemusicbythese80and90yearoldssothatitwouldntbelostforever.Thesoundtrackbecameaworldwidebestseller.brbrWhenyouvisitTurinagreathoteltostayatisHotelGenio.ItsrightnearthePortaNuovaRailwayStationbutunlikeothercitiesthemainrailwaystationhereisnotintheuglypartofthetown.Thestaffatthehotelwillensurethatyouhaveagreatstay.Theyspeakseverallanguagesbetweenthemandtheyreawealthofinformationwhateveryourequirewhetheritsrestaurantsbarsbestlocalpizzaorthefamouschocolate.Theyknowitallandaremorethanhappytospendtimewithyouassistingwithsightseeingplans.Fromthehotelyoucanwalktothecentreofthecityinminutesandyourealsowithineasydistancetoshoppingareasmuseumsetc.Theratesareveryreasonabletheroomsspaciousandthehotelhasallthemodcons.Checkitoutatwww.hotelgenio.itorcall390116505771oremailthemoninfohotelgenio.itbrbrh3TurinFilmFestivalDay3h3Todaytherearesomeexcitingprospectsonofferinbothretrospectives.JohnCassavestesHusbandsthefilmthatsupposedlyinspiredWesAndersonsDarjeelingLimitedisscreeningtoday.AlRubinalongtimecollaboratorofCassavestessaidHusbandswasmadeinthelate1960s.ThankstothesuccessofthefilmthatprecededitFaceswegottheopportunitytodoanothermovietogetherandhadarealgoodtime.CastingwasprettymuchmandatoryPeterFalkBenGazzaraJohnandIhadbeenoldtimefriendsallofusinNewYorkwithsimilarbackgrounds.WhenSeymourCassellisaskedwhatheremembersaboutthefilmhequipsIwasntinit.TheyallhaddarkhairandIwasblond.brbrMinnieandMoskowitzalsoscreenedtoday.Thefilmwasmadein1974andthisoneSeymourCassellwasonlymorethanhappytochatabout.Herememberswhyheagreedtobeinthefilm.Thisishowitwent.IwasgoingbacktoNewYorkbyplanewithJohnwhoshowedmeachequefor750000thathedgottenforHusbands.HetoldmewhydontwegohavefuninBrazilHewasobviouslyjokingbecauseonlyathirdofthatmoneywashis.HetoldmehewaspreparinganotherfilmandthatifIdgrowmyhairIcouldbetheleadingactoralongwithGenaRowlands.IaskedhimwillIbeabletokissherHesaidyessoIaccepted.Itwasassimpleasthat.brbrThecompetitionfilmtodayisabeautifullyintensedramafromMalaysiacalledTheElephantandtheSeadirectedandwrittenbyWooMingJin.ThestoryrevolvesaroundtwomeninasmallvillageonthecoastofMalaysiawhichhasbeenhitbyastrangefishrelatedepidemic.YunDingBergLeeSengWanisanaimlessyoungmanwhobarelymakesalivingfromcausingminortrafficaccidentsandthenmakingsuretheunluckytouristspayforhisbreakdownservice.TheolderAhNgauChungKokKeungisafishermanwhoreturnshomeaftermanydaysatseatobetoldhiswifehasdiedfromthemysteriousdiseasesweepingthevillageandhishouseisunderquarantine.WhenYunsbestmatedieseachmanslossthrowstheirlivesintoturmoil.brbrWoosetouttoexplorehowtwopeopleofdifferentagesreacttopain.Withthatinmindheexplorestheisolationofthehumanconditionandpaintsavividpictureoftwomenstrugglingtocopewiththeirdiresituations.Woorunsparallelstoriesandwewatcheachofthemsearchformeaninginaworldthatseemshopelessandbleak.Wooisclearlyanexcitingnewvoicetokeepaneyeon.Thefilmisgorgeouslyshotthesoundscapevibrantandthedialogueisminimalwhichsuitstheinnerjourneyofeachcharacter.Allinallitsacinematicexperiencethatwilllingerfordaysafterwards.Thestorywasinspiredbythedirectorspersonalexperiences.ThisisnotafeelgoodflickbutasWoopointsoutIdontthinkthisisadepressingfilmonthecontrary.Thereslotsofhopeandtrustinanewlife.Therearealsoamusingmomentsitsnotallrealism.Therearealsostrangeandbizarreoccurrences.brbrEricNazariansfirstfeaturefilmTheBlueHourInCompetitionalsodealswithdeathandloss.NazariansetsfourstoriesabouteverydaylifeinaworkingclassneighbourhoodofLosAngeles.AMexicangraffitiartistpaintsamuralontheriveranArmeniancamerarepairmanattemptstocommunicatewithhiswifeafterthedeathoftheirdaughterabluesguitarististakingcareofhismotherandaWWIIvetspendshisdayspreparingforlunchbyhiswifesgrave.brbrNazariandemonstratesanuncannyaffinityforthelanguageofcinema.Itsanincrediblyquietfilmthatattemptstoexplorethethemeofcommunicationeventhoughmostofthefilmiswithoutdirectlyspokendialoguehesays.ByminimizingdialoguefromthescriptIwantedtoexploretheunspokenconnectionbetweencharactersthatdontcommunicatehesaid.Whilethefilmisemotionallyengagingitlosessomeimpetusbybeingslicedupintofournarrativeswhereonemighthavegeneratedmoredramaticdepth.HoweverhavingsaidthatlikeWoothisisclearlyanotherfilmmakertowatchoutforinthecomingyears.NazariangrewupintheU.S.andciteshisinfluencesasSamPeckinpahBertolucciViscontiandCassavetes.AndlikethelateCassavetesNazariandemonstratesanuncannyabilitytocomposethemoststrikingimagesandmemorableperformancesonashoestringbudget.BiggestnamesinthefilmareAlyssaMilanoandPaulDillon.brbrbrh3TurinFilmFestivalDay4h3Turinisanimpressivelookingcitywithitscobblestonedstreetshugepiazzasandwideboulevardslinedwithimposingcolonnadesunderwhichexpensiveshopsandelegantcafesreside.ThecolonnadesgiveTurinadistinctskylineandwerebuiltattherequestoftheSavoyswhowantedtostrollaroundtheircitywithoutfearofbeingraineduponorbecomingundulysunburnt.Wehavetothankthemreallybecauseaestheticallyyoudbehardpressedtofindamoregorgeouslookingcity.brbrOneoftheleadingarchitectsofthedayGuarinoGuarini16241683wasresponsibleforestablishingthecitysBaroquebuildingsandmuchlikethedesignerhimselfthecityisknownforitsorderquietandelegance.GuariniamongothersalsodesignedtheroyalresidencesthatUNESCOhasnamedapatrimonyofhumanity.IalsovisitedtheSupergaTemplewheretheroyaltombsoftheHouseofSavoyarehoused.TheSupergadesignedbyFilippoJuvarraisbuiltonthetopofahillwithpanoramicviewsformilesaround.Itsreallyworththeclimb.brbrButifarchitectureisnotyourthingTorinoisalsoknownforitsstunningcuisine.MartinichocolatecoffeeandgourmetcookingarethetreasuresofthecityanditsthehomelandoftheSalonedelGustotheworldsbiggestgastronomicevent.Didyouknowthatin1786vermouthwhitewinewiththeadditionofsugaralcoholandspiceswasinventedinTorinoOrthatTorinoisknownastheItaliandistrictofchocolateItsfamousforsomeextraordinarycreationsoverthecenturieslikethegianduiotichocolatesanunforgettablemixofcocoaandPiemontesehazelnuts.Thentheresthebeveragecalledbicerinwhichismadewithcoffeechocolatemeltedandmilk.Itsseductivenotorietywassuchthatinthe19thCenturyFrenchwriterAlexandreDumasonavisittoToroinotastedthedrinkandsaidamongthosefirsratethingsworthyofnoteinTorinoIshallneverfailtorememberbicerin....TocelebratetheconfectionahugeCioccolatoFairisheldeveryMarchwhichrunsfortendays.brbrIfyouareachocoholicthenTorinoisforyou.MakesureyouvisitindividualchocolateshopslikeMamycaoorPasticceriaGuardiaCostantino.YoucansampleabicerinatoneofTorinoshistoricalandelegantcafes.Manyoftheseestablishmentsstillhavetheoriginalfurnitureandoozearelaxedelegancethatturnsthesimpleactofhavingacoffeeintoaspecialoccasion.AcoupleoftheonesworthavisitareCafFioriowhichdatesbackto1780.CafAlBicerinwasestablishedin1763andthegorgeousCafBarattiMilanoin1875.Thisisatownwherecafsocietyiswellandtrulyaliveandflourishing.brbrAftermycafcrawlthismorningitwasbacktothebusinessathandfilms.OnedocothatcaughtmyeyetodaywasManufacturingDissentbyRickCaineandDebbieMelnyk.OriginallytheideaofthefilmwastomakeabiographyofoneoftheiriconsMichaelMoore.ButthroughtheprocessofmakingthefilmthepremisechangedsomewhatandthepairendedupquestioningMooresfilmmakingmethodsandtactics.Thefilmlooksattherelationshipbetweenthefilmmakerandtheaudience.ThepairfollowedMooreonhis2004SlackerUprisingtourwhenhetriedtoencouragecollegestudentsandotheryoungpeopletomakesuretheirvotecountedinthatyearspresidentialelection.brbrCaineandMelnykinterviewarangeofpeoplewhohaveworkedwithorknownMooreovertheyearsandaverydifferentsideofthedocomakerisrevealedlikehowheplaysfastandloosewiththetruthandthechronologyofeventstosuitthedramahewantstotell.TheproblemisthatMooresetshimselfaccordingtothemomenteitherasajournalistorasamanofshowbizsaysCaine.Indoingsohecreatesconfusionbetweenwhatsrealandwhatsfictitious.ThepointisthatMooretalksaboutimportantthingsandthisbeingthecasehecantaffordtobasehimselfonfakeeventsandworkfromsourcesthathaventbeenclearedasauthentic.brbrWendersfabulousWingsofDesirescreenedtodayandtoseeitagainonabigscreenwasarealtreat.Wendersintroducedthefilmandhereswhathehadtosay.AsIwaswalkinghereitoccurredtometthatIshotWingsofDesireexactly20yearsagoinNovember1987.ItwasacoldwinterinBerlinandduringthefirstdaysofshootingitstartedraining.BrunoGanzsaidwecouldntgoonbecausehisjacketwaswetandwhoknewwhatwouldhappentoangelsiftheygotwet.Actorswanttoknoweverythingtheycanabouttheircharacterstheirwholelifestoriessotheycanbettergetintotheirroles.Butwedidntknowanythingnoneofusknewhowtodealwiththeseangelsorhowtodressthen.Inthebeginningwetriedputtingwingsonthetwoanglesbutthatmadeithardforthemtomovearoundandtheylookedsilly.ItestedtheircostumesbycallingoversomekidsbasedontheirreactionsIcouldtellwhetherthecostumesweresillyornot.Intheendwewentforaminimalistlook.brbrThecompetitionfilmtodayisBrickLanedirectedbySarahGavron.Thestoryisabouta17yearoldgirlNazneenTannishthaChatterjeewhoisuprootedfromBangladeshandsenttoLondonsEastEndafteranarrangedmarriagetoanolderman.Itsastrangenewworldandsheshomesickandpinesforhersister.Butshestrugglestodoherdutytoherhusband.Fastforwardto2001Nazneenisamotheroftwoanddevotesherlifetoraisingherfamilydespitefightingherdemonsofdiscontent.EverythingispotteringalonguntiltheyoungpoliticallyactiveKarimChristopherSimpsonburstsintoherlifewhoiseverythingherhusbandisnot.Setintheaftermathof911andatimeofincreasingracialtensionGavronisindeedabravewomantoattempttoadaptMonicaAliscelebratednovelforthebigscreen.Whileshesdoneafairjobthefilmdoesntpackthesamepunchasthenovel.Howeverhavingsaidthatitstillhasalotgoingforitnamelytheperformances.TheyoungChatterjeeisparticularlyimpressiveasisherhusbandSatishKaushikasanoverweightidiotwithinsight.GavronsfilmworksbestonthepersonalleveldepictingthesmallcrampedexistenceofNazneensworld.WhatismissingisanythingtodowiththepoliticsofthedayIslamicradicalisationorevenarrangedmarriages.Gavronglidesoverallthedifficultnastystuffandinsteadconcentratesonthefamilydrama.ThebookcausedanuproarwiththeBangladeshisinLondonwhofeltthatAlihadinsultedtheircommunity.Itsunlikelythatthefilmwillupset.brbrahrefhttpwww.girl.com.auturinfilmfestivalday5plus.htmtargetblankwww.girl.com.auturinfilmfestivalday5plus.htmabrbr


 



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