‘Moneyball’ to open Turin fest

Robert Altman, Aki Kaurismaki, Sion Siono to be feted

The Italo bow of Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” will open the 29th Turin Film Festival, where U.S. pics feature prominently amid a rich roster of international ultra-indie fare.

Helmers Robert Altman, Aki Kaurismaki and Sion Sono will be feted.

Entries in the Turin 29 competition section dedicated to young filmmakers not beyond their third work, include a trio of North American pics: Tom McCarthy’s Paul Giamatti-starrer “Win-Win,” Jonathan Levine’s cancer-themed “50/50” and Matthew Petock’s single-mom drama “A Little Closer.”

Brit sci-fier “Attack the Block,” by Joe Cornish; Gallic pregnancy pact pic “17 Girls,” by sister writing and directing team Delphine and Muriel Coulin, and South Korean crimer “A Confession,” by Park Su-min, are among other main competish entries.

Ample Italian contingent is spearheaded by Carlo Virzi’s rock’n’roll band laffer “I piu grandi di tutti” in competish, and two docus centered around Italo WWII fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, Fabrizio Laurenti’s “Mussolini’s Body” and “Il sorriso del capo” by Marco Bechis, both in the fest’s mixed-bag Festa Mobile section.

American helmer and photographer Jerry Shatzberg will preside over the jury made up of producer Michael Fitzgerald (U.S.), thesp Valeria Golino (Italy) and helmers Shekhar Kapur (India) and Brillante Mendoza (Philippines).

Italo indie event, headed by helmer Gianni Amelio, runs Nov. 25-Dec. 3.

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