Fest to fete Russian auteur Vitali Kanevsky

ROME – U.S. cult author/scribe Joe R. Lansdale has been recruited by the Turin Film Festival for duty on its main jury, which Italo auteur Marco Bellocchio will preside.

Lansdale, a Texas writer whose work includes Western, noir, sci-fi, and horror stories, is being praised by Turin as “one of the most brilliant genre authors of his generation.” His books include “Mucho Mojo,” “The Bottoms” and “A Fine Dark Line.” Lansdale’s novella “Bubba Ho-Tep” was adapted into an eponymous feature film, helmed by Don Coscarelli, in 2002.

Turin has also announced it will fete Russian auteur Vitali Kanevsky whose Siberia-set, “Freeze, Die, Come to Life!” took the Cannes Camera d’Or, in 1990 with a retro. Kanevsky is expected on hand.

As previously announced, Turin will be celebrating John Huston’s legacy this year, with a vast retro featuring more than 40 films by the prolific late American master, including all of his feature films and war documentaries.

Members of the Houston family are expected to attend the tribute. Headed by Italo auteur Gianni Amelio, Turin is Italy’s pre-eminent niche event dedicated to indie cinema. It will run Nov. 26-Dec. 4.

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