Turin fest turns to vets as toppers

Vallan, Turigliatto to strengthen image, int'l relationships

ROME — New York-based film writer and curator Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Italian critic Roberto Turigliatto have been named co-directors of the Turin Film Festival, replacing Stefano Della Casa, who stepped down from the job after the 20th edition, which wrapped Nov. 15.

Both are veteran collaborators of the fest, which focuses on cutting-edge filmmaking trends and new talent.

“We plan to strengthen the image and the international relationships of what is considered by many to be Italy’s second most important cinema event,” the co-directors said. “We will also continue to enrich the festival’s program with thematic retrospectives and tributes devoted to contemporary cinema, focusing in particular on moviemakers worthy of discovery or of rediscovery.”

For the past six years, D’Agnolo Vallan has programmed Turin’s popular Americana sidebar devoted to U.S. indies, as well as retrospectives on directors James Toback, John Carpenter, George A. Romero and John Milius. She worked as a U.S. scout for the Venice Film Festival from 1999-2002, curating the fest’s tributes to Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood and Michael Cimino.

Turigliatto has been involved with the Turin fest since its inception, programming several major retrospectives on the international cinema of the 1960s nouvelle vague, as well as spotlights on the work of Krzysztof Kieslowski, Philippe Garrel, Paulo Rocha, Robert Kramer and Manoel de Oliveira, among others.

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