Seville fetes Turturro

Fest preems Medem and Hernandez docu

MADRID — American thesp-helmer John Turturro will be honored in Spain at the 100% European Seville Film Festival, which also showcases the world premiere of Spanish auteur Julio Medem and Ione Hernandez’s documentary “Uno por ciento, esquizofrenia.”

Andalusia’s Seville will also host the theatrical world preem of Teutons Peter Dollinger and Hans-Jurguen Panitz’s spaghetti-western doc “No Sorrow No Mercy,” as well as the international releases of two competish dramas from rookie helmers: French musical story, “C’est beau une ville la nuit,” by Richard Bohringer, and German Birgit Moller’s model pic “Valerie.”

Other competition highlights include Claude Chabrol’s “A Comedy of Power,” toplining Isabelle Huppert; political comedy “Gardens in Autumn,” from Otar Iosseliani; Santiago Amigorena’s thriller “A Few Days In September,” with John Turturro and Juliette Binoche, and Aki Kaurismaki’s drama about loneliness “Lights in the Dusk.”

Seville will award Euro240,000 ($304,800) to winners of the competitive sections to help pay for pics’ distri-bution in Spain.

The opening gala will screen out-of-comp pic “The Magic Flute,” from Blighty actor-director Kenneth Branagh, who will receive a carrer achievement prize.

Closer will be omnibus film “All the Invisible Children,” made to benefit UNICEF and the World Food Program, and directed by Mehdi Charef, Emir Kusturica, Spike Lee, Katia Lund, Jordan and Ridley Scott, Stefano Veneruso and John Woo.

The Seville Film Fest runs Nov. 3-11.

Spanish actor Juan Diego, best actor at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, Portuguese producer Paulo Branco and Italian filmmakers Francesco Rossi and Tonino Guerra will also be honored for their outstanding achievements.

The 25 films on the long list of the European Film Awards will screen at Seville. The fest will reveal the EFA nominations on Nov. 4.

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