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‘Boy’ to open Turin Film Festival

'Get Low,' 'Guy' among 16 competition films

ROME — Sam Taylor-Wood’s John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” will open the 27th edition of the Turin Film Festival dedicated to ultra-indie cinema. Francis Ford Coppola, Emir Kusturica and cult Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn will be feted.

Taylor-Wood, a British artist making her helming debut with “Boy” — unspooling out of competish at the Italo fest — is also expected in Turin, where the competish will comprise 16 entries by young filmmakers not beyond their third work.

These include a trio of Yank entries that previously preemed on the North American fest circuit: Aaron Schneider’s Robert Duvall starrer “Get Low”; Damien Chazelle’s black-and-white movie “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench”; and Ry Russo-Young’s “You Won’t Miss Me,” which mixes nonactors with professionals.

Canadian thesp-turned-helmer Sherry White’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama “Crackie” and Oz helmer Jonathan auf der Heide’s historical convict pic “Van Diemen’s Land” are also among competing English-language titles.

In typically gritty Turin fashion, the two Italian features in competition, both world preems, are Pietro Marcello’s “La Bocca del lupo,” a docudrama about a love affair between two male ex-cons, one of whom is a transvestite, and Gioberto Pignatelli’s “Santina,” about the murder of a prostitute by her ungrateful pimp.

The Turin fest will also serve as the Italo launching pad for Wes Anderson’s Roald Dahl adaptation “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” unspooling out of competish.

This will be the first edition of Turin under the supervision of Italo auteur Gianni Amelio. Amelio, who takes the reins from Nanni Moretti, said at the packed press conference that his selection criteria is “to mix rigor with passion.”

Coppola, as previously announced, will be on hand to receive Turin’s new “8½” nod, inspired by Fellini’s influential film and awarded to his American Zoetrope. Coppola also will be tubthumping the Italo bow of his latest work, “Tetro,” and will hold an onstage presentation of a freshly restored print of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 classic “The Red Shoes,” to which he pays homage in “Tetro.”

In a recent effort to boost its industry side, the fest’s TurinFilmLab script development and funding body, dedicated to fostering first and second works, now at its second edition, will take place Nov. 15-17, with some 120 international industryites touted to attend.

The closer, on a colorful note, will be German helmer Oskar Roehler’s 1950s-set rock ‘n’ roll romp “Lulu and Jimi.”

The fest will run Nov. 13-21.

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