Feature from Debra Granik wins best picture at fest

Turin– “Winter’s Bone” was the big winner at the Turin Film Festival, Italy’s preeminent ultra-indie fest, adding three more nods to its snowballing list of kudos.

Helmer Debra Granik’s bleak sophomore feature starring Jennifer Lawrence as a hard-eyed teen dealing with the mystery of her father’s disappearance scooped the top prize (best picture) in Turin and took one of two best actress nods awarded in a tie.

Fest’s other best actress nod went to Erica Rivas for her role in Argentinean drama “It’s Your Fault” by Anahi Berneri.

“Bone” was the only pic given multiple prizes by the main jury headed by Italo auteur Marco Bellocchio. It also took a third non-official nod, the Holden School Award for best screenplay awarded by a separate jury.

Since taking the top award at Sundance, the yank pic’s profile has been picking up momentum Stateside, lately with a seven Spirit Awards noms and best feature and acting ensemble prizes at the Gothams.

“Bone” was certainly the big fave among titles in the Turin competish, dedicated to helmers not beyond their third work. Fest prexy Gianni Amelio, himself a name auteur, praised Granik’s pic as “perfect.”

Turin’s Special Jury Award was tie between Sophie Deraspe’s French-Canadian drama “Vital Signs” and Guatemalan comedy “Marimbas From Hell,” by Julio Hernandez Cordon.

The best actor prize went to Omid Djalili for his role in “The Infidel” the British comedy centered around Muslim fundamentalism by Josh Appignanesi.

Alessandro Piva’s pulpy Rome-set noir “Henry,” the only Italo title in the competish, took the audience award.

Turin’s 28th edition wrapped Saturday on a positive note with paid attendance up around 30%. Amelio, whose two-year contract has expired, is likely to remain on board for another two-year stint.

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