Dustin Hoffman’s ‘Quartet’ to open Turin

Fest to fete Ken Loach, Ettora Scola


The Italo bow of Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut “Quartet” will open the 30th Turin Film Festival, Italy’s ultra-indie event, where English-language pics feature prominently.

The fest’s competition, dedicated to young moviemakers not beyond their third work, will include British helmer Craig Viveiros’ hitman pic “The Liability,” toplining Tim Roth and Peter Mullan; U.S. helmer Lucy Mulloy’s Cuban teen drama “Una noche”; U.S. helmer Tim Sutton’s naturalistic observation of suburban American youth “Pavillion”; and mumblecore multihyphenate Amy Seimetz’s directorial debut “Sun Don’t Shine.”

Italian titles include documaker Mario Balsamo’s “We are Nothing Like James Bond” and “Quitting Smoking by Smoking” by graphic novelist Gipi (Gianni Pacinotti), whose debut feature “The Last Man on Earth” screened at Venice in 2011.

Standout European entries include Swedish political thriller “Call Girl,” by first-timer Mikael Marcimain, inspired by a 1976 prostitution scandal that rattled Sweden’s government, and Demian Sabini’s “Rooftops,” a portrait of the Spanish economic crisis.

As previously announced, Italo helmer Paolo Sorrentino will preside over the Turin jury, which comprises Gallic actress Joana Preiss, Romanian helmer Constantin Popescu, Italian composer Franco Piersanti and Karl Baumgartner, a German producer and Pandora co-founder.

Blighty’s Ken Loach and Italy’s Ettora Scola will be feted with career nods.

A complete retro will be dedicated to the late helmer Joseph Losey, whose wife and collaborator Patricia Mohan Losey is making the trek.

The closer will be Sally Potter’s 1962-set teenage girls drama “Ginger & Rosa,” starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.

Turin’s 30th edition will be the fourth, and final, headed by Italo auteur Gianni Amelio. He is expected to be replaced by Gabriele Salvatores.

Fest will run Nov. 23 to Dec. 1.

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