The Torino Film Festival announces some of the participating films of its 35th edition, which will be held from November 24 to December 2, 2017. These include Cento anni by Davide FerrarioBloody Richard by Roberta TorreBalon by Pasquale ScimecaLove Stories that Cannot Belong to This World by Francesca ComenciniMy Life Story by Julien Temple, What Happened to Monday by Tommy Wirkola, and The Man Who Invented Christmas by Bharat Nalluri.

Cento anni (lit. One Hundred Years) is directed by Davide Ferrario and will have its world premiere in the out-of-competition section Festa Mobile. The film is divided into four chapters and starts with the story of the Italian army’s defeat in 1917 at Caporetto, which marks its centenary this year; it is followed by other “Caporettos" in Italian history, stories of defeat but also opportunities for redemption: the Resistance, the massacre at Piazza della Loggia, and the present-day Caporetto of the demographic crisis. Based on a story by Giorgio Mastrorocco, the movie is produced by Rossofuoco with Rai Cinema and will be in Italian cinemas starting December 4th, distributed by Lab 80 film. The many participating artists include the musician and author Massimo Zamboni, ex-USSR and CIS; the actors Marco Paolini and Diana Hobel; the poet and activist Franco Arminio; and the cellist Mario Brunello.

Bloody Richard, a dark, psychedelic musical by the director Roberta Torre, is a pop version of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Presented in its world premiere in the out-of-competition section After Hours, the movie stars Massimo Ranieri in the role of the terrible Riccardo Mancini, and Sonia Bergamasco as the powerful Queen Mother, a formidable weaver of perverse equilibriums. After years of psychiatric care, Riccardo returns to the Fantastic Kingdom, where the noble Mancini family has shady dealings; he begins to scheme in the shadows, murdering anyone who gets in his way as he rises to power… The original music and songs are by Mauro Pagani. The film is produced by Paolo Guerra for Agidi srl and Rosebud Entertainment Pictures in collaboration with Medusa Film, which will distribute it in cinemas starting November 30th. The cast is rounded out by Silvia Gallerano, Ivan Franek, Silvia Calderoni, Teodoro Giambanco, Michelangelo Dalisi, Antonella Lo Coco, Matilde Diana, Tommaso Ragno, Rocco Castrocielo.

Balon by Pasquale Scimeca will be presented in the out-of-competition section Festa Mobile. “This is not a movie about emigration; it is a movie which recounts Africa,” says the director. The film tells the story of two young people (Amin and his sister Isokè) who live in a village in sub-Saharan Africa. One day, a band of marauders kills their family. Left on their own, they flee across the desert until they reach Libya, where they are captured by militia. After months of imprisonment and enslavement, they manage to get on a boat which sets off for unknown shores. Balon is produced by Arbash in collaboration with Rai Cinema and will be released in cinemas in January 2018, distributed by Arbash.

Love Stories that Cannot Belong to This World, directed by Francesca Comencini, after being presented at the Locarno Film Festival, will be screened in the out-of-competition section Festa Mobile. The film, starring Lucia Mascino and Thomas Trabacchi, is based on the same-titled novel by Francesca Comencini and is an ironical and clear-eyed romantic comedy which recounts a worldly-unwise love story and how women face the end and a new beginning. Love Stories that Cannot Belong to This World is produced by Fandango with Rai Cinema and will be in Italy’s cinemas starting November 29th, distributed by Warner Bros.

My Life Story is a documentary directed by Julien Temple; its world premiere will be held out-ofcompetition in the section Festa Mobile. The documentary is dedicated to Suggs; his life before he became the leader of the Madness, the ska group which has virtually become an institution in Great Britain; and his career as the group’s frontman. The movie is a paean to music and the intimate story of one of the most interesting characters on Britain’s musical scene, who bares his soul as he talks about his youth, his experiences on the rough streets of Soho during the 1970s, all the way to his first appearance on the program Top of the Pops when he was eighteen.

What Happened to Monday, directed by Tommy Wirkola and starring Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe, will be presented out-of-competition in the section Festa Mobile. 2073: the planet is suffering from overpopulation and famine. The out-of-control birth rate has forced governments to enact the drastic One-Child Policy instituted by the Child Allocation Bureau, which is directed by Dr. Cayman (Glenn Close), who decrees that surplus children must be hibernated. A woman dies giving birth to septuplets (Noomi Rapace) and in order to save all seven baby girls, their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) hides them and names them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each one of them can leave the house only on the day of the week which corresponds to their name; they share the identity of Karen Settman and are strictly prohibited from revealing their family’s secret. Hidden six days a week, the seven sisters are free to be themselves only inside the prison of their apartment. Everything goes smoothly until, one day, Monday doesn’t return home… The movie will be released in Italian theatres this coming November 30th, distributed by Koch Media.

The Man Who Invented Christmas, directed by Bharat Nalluri and starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards, Morfydd Clark, Donald Sumpter, Miles Jupp, Simon Callow, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice and Bill Paterson. The film’s international premiere will be held out-ofcompetition in the section Festa Mobile; it tells the story of the intricate journey which led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the other famous protagonists of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” The English author brought together moments of his true life and imaginary elements to create the unforgettable characters of this timeless story. The Man Who Invented Christmas will be in Italian cinemas starting December 1st, distributed by Notorious Pictures.


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