Moretti unveils Turin lineup

'Savages' opens festival

“The Savages,” U.S. helmer Tamara Jenkins’ sophomore effort, will open the 25th Turin Film Festival, the first headed by auteur Nanni Moretti.

Moretti made clear on Wednesday that he’s unhappy with the Rome fest for crowding the calendar.

“Rome’s choice of dates — roughly one month after Venice, and one month before us — is simply something that we cannot pretend never happened,” Moretti said during his first real press conference as Turin topper. 

“Theirs was not an elegant gesture, to use a euphemism,” Moretti added to the packed house at his Nuovo Sacher art cinema in Rome.

The Turin fest runs Nov. 23-Dec. 1. Rome’s second edition ran Oct. 18-27. Venice ran Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

Moretti, a Palme d’Or winner in 2001 for “The Son’s Room” who took Turin’s reins in January, underlined that despite the incursion by deep-pocketed Rome, he is happy about the lineup of the Turin fest. He did say, however, that there were several Rome titles, including “Juno,” that festival’s winner, which he’d wanted.

Besides “The Savages,” about siblings forced together to care for their demented father, the 12-title Turin competish is heavy on English-language pics, including Sarah Polley’s directorial bow “Away From Her”; U.S. first-timer Eric Nazarian’s “The Blue Hour”; Irish helmer Lenny Abrahamson’s “Garage”; U.S. helmer Craig Gillespie’s “Lars and the Real Girl”; and two entries from Oz, Tony Ayres’ “The Home Stories” and “Noise” by Matthew Saville.

There are no world preems competing at the event dedicated to young directors and cutting-edge fare.

Italo titles are absent from the competish but abundant in other sections, which include a Panorama Italiano sidebar and a new sidebar, La Zona, dedicated to edgy pics mostly shot in digital.

Wim Wenders will be on hand for a complete retrospective and an onstage conversation, while the work of John Cassavetes is also being honored.

The closer is David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises” in the premiere section.

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