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Fernando Eimbcke’s ‘Club Sandwich’ Wins at Turin Film Festival

'2 Autumns 3 Winters' takes Special Jury award

TURIN — The Turin Film Festival’s top prize, worth $20,400, went to Fernando Eimbcke’s comical “Club Sandwich,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Fest.

French relationship pic “2 Autumns 3 Winters,” helmed by Sebastien Betbeder, won the Special Jury award, while Mariana Rondon’s widely praised “Bad Hair,” from Venezuela, took home best actress for Samantha Castillo, as well as best script and several other prizes.

Best actor went to Gabriel Arcand for French-Canadian Cannes-preemed drama “Le Demantelement,” and the audience prize was nabbed by the popular Italian serio-comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer.”

In the international docu competition, Ben Rivers’ and Ben Russell’s “A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness” received the main award, with “The Ghosts of San Berillo,” directed by Edoardo Morabito, going home with the best Italo doc.

The festival closed Nov. 30 with a 34% increase in ticket sales from last year, proving once again that it remains one of Italy’s most vibrant cinema events.

Largely free from the organizational issues that perennially plague the Rome Film Festival, Turin continues to bank on an exceptionally loyal public of all ages who flock to the centrally located cinemas, and spent, as of Nov. 29 (when figures were last in), around $345,000 on tickets.

This was the first edition with Paolo Virzi as topper, the third in a line of Italo helmers (preceded by Nanni Moretti and Gianni Amelio) who’ve acted as fest directors after a shake-up in 2007 designed to address the growing competition between Turin and Rome.

Despite the changing heads, Turin’s profile continues relatively unchanged thanks to a core team who’ve successfully weathered the political storms. This year’s most prominent guests included Greta Gerwig and Elliott Gould, the latter on hand for an extensive retrospective on “New Hollywood, 1967-1976.”

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