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Turin fest sets int’l lineup

ROME — Two debut features from the U.S., Jill Sprecher’s comedy about office temps, “Clockwatchers,” and Salvatore Stabile’s Brooklyn crime drama, “Gravesend,” are among 11 titles from 10 countries competing at the 15th Turin Intl. Young Cinema Festival, which runs Nov. 14-22 in the Northern Italian town.

Other films selected for the fest’s main competition include Canadian Gary Burns’ offbeat look at teens in suburbia, “Kitchen Party”; Sue Brooks’ comedy about small-town inertia, “Road to Nhill”; Paddy Breathnach’s Irish underworld tale, “I Went Down”; and Japanese director Shinji Aoyama’s metaphysical cop drama, “An Obsession.”

A total of 270 titles — 110 of them features — will unspool at this year’s fest, which opens with the Italian premiere of Peter Cattaneo’s “The Full Monty,” screening out of competition. Other noncompeting selections include Mark Waters’ “The House of Yes” and Iranian Jafar Panahi’s “The Mirror,” which won the top prize at this summer’s Locarno fest.

Turin’s customarily diverse lineup of sidebars this year includes a special program titled “Americana,” a selection of recent U.S. features, documentaries and shorts that fall between traditional notions of independent and studio cinema. These include Kevin Reynolds’ “187,” Errol Morris’ “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control,” John Sayles’ “Men With Guns” and John Milius’ miniseries on American history, “Rough Riders.”

This year’s main retrospective is the golden age of Mexican cinema, covering 35 features made between 1933 and 1960. Complementing this will be a 12-pic spotlight on leading Mexican director Arturo Ripstein. The program also includes the first complete retrospective of radical U.S. filmmaker Robert Kramer’s work.

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