John Boorman will be feted by the 28th Turin Film Festival, which will open Nov. 26 with Gallic director Lola Doillon’s kidnap drama “In Your Hands,” starring Kristin Scott Thomas, and close Dec. 4 with the European launch of Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” both non-competing.
Competition — dedicated to ultra indie cinema and helmers not beyond their third work — will feature two U.S. titles, Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” and John Gray’s coming-of-age drama “White Irish Drinkers.”
This year’s Brit competish contingent includes two comedies centered on Muslim fundamentalism — helmer Chris Morris’ “Four Lions,” about suicide bombers-in-training, and “The Infidel,” by Josh Appignanesi — plus Shimmy Marcus’ “SoulBoy,” set in Blighty’s 1970s Northern Soul music scene.
The single Italo entry is Alessandro Piva’s Rome-set noir “Henry.”
Turin’s Festa Mobile showcase will include Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” Steve Antin’s “Burlesque,” “Cyrus” by brothers Mark and Jay the Duplass, and Richard Loncraine’s political drama “The Special Relationship,” about the rapport between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.
Boorman, who will receive the Gran Premio Torino, will be on hand for a special presentation of his 1972 classic, “Deliverance.”
As previously announced, Turin will also honor John Huston’s legacy with a retrospective featuring the prolific helmer’s entire body of work as a director and also a selection of films either penned by Huston or in which he performed. Allegra Huston and Tony Huston are among family members expected to attend the tribute.
Some 120 international industryites are booked for TorinoFilmLab script development and funding mart, which will run Nov. 28-30.