Cvitkovic, Tsubokawa tie to top honors at fest

TURIN — The 23rd Turin Film Festival split its main prize between Slovenian helmer Jan Cvitkovic’s sophomore entry “Gravehopping” and Japanese helmer Takushi Tsubokawa’s “Clouds of Yesterday” at a ceremony Saturday in the Art Deco Lux Cinema.

The sole U.S. title in competition, Robinson Drevor’s “Police Beat,” took home the Fipresci critics prize as well as a special jury award.

The documentary award was shared between “The Song of the New Emigrants” (Felice D’Agostino and Arturo Lavorato), an Italian reverie on an impoverished Calabria that clocks in at just under an hour, and Mirjam Kubescha’s largely German-financed “Balordi,” which focuses on the inmates of an Italian prison.

Walter Hill received a career accolade and retrospective celebrating his particular brand of hard-edged Americana.

At an open discussion, the idiosyncratic director remarked: “Luckily I have made a few successful films, but I realize that it’s a waste of energy to only make films for the public. The solution is to make films for yourself.”

Hill’s 1995 “Wild Bill” was the closing-night film.

Also receiving tribute was vet French helmer Claude Chabrol.

As the city of elegant cafes and French-style squares prepares itself for the Winter Olympics this February, its dedication to cinema remains unabated, with a strong turnout from the local population.

Six of the Showtime-sponsored “Masters of Horror” episodes had their international premieres, with Joe Dante’s entry “Homecoming” generating a five-minute standing ovation from an audience primed for Dante’s biting blend of horror and political satire. Showtime’s U.S. broadcast of “Homecoming” is scheduled for Dec. 2.

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