After streaming the previous edition online due to the pandemic, the Torino Film Festival goes back to physical with a program of 181 films, including 68 world premieres, 14 international premieres, and 53 Italian premieres. The 39th edition takes place from November 26th to December 4th, and marks its return with a substantial number of Italian films. “We’ve been working on this edition for one year and we’ve always been dreaming of making it physical. The real encounters between the audience and the artists have always been at the core of a festival that was born 39 years ago out of love for cinema, with an eye to young filmmakers, debut features, and experimental cinema,” explains Artistic Director Stefano Francia Di Celle. This year’s budget is 1.75 million Euro.

The opening film is the animation Sing 2 while the closing night is entrusted to Valerie Lemercier’s Aline, a biopic on the teenage years of Céline Dion. Among the many guests, one of the most prestigious will be Monica Bellucci, recipient of the Stella della Mole Award. The jury, chaired by Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, includes Alessandro Gassmann and Paola Randi, too.

The 12 films in competition see as common themes a shared sense of community and the creation of bonds in a program that pays particular attention to the re-elaboration of the past, too. The films will be preceded by the short films in competition and fragments from the Luce archives.

The out of competition strand looks especially rich and aims to attract the audience back to cinemas after the difficult months of lockdowns and the pandemic. Among the titles worth mentioning, Clint Eastwood’s latest Cry Macho, “an anti-western the reinvents the concept of machismo;” It Snows in Benidorm by Isabel Coixet, an eccentric thriller set in the renowned sea town; Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Love starring Tim Roth and Vicly Krieps, an inner journey set on the Faro Island; psychological drama The Restless by Joachim Lafosse; documentary Jane by Charlotte by Charlotte Gainsbourg (Jane Birkin recounted by her famous daughter); Lingui – The Sacred Bonds by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, focusing on two strong female characters in today’s Chad; Suzanna Andler by Benoit Jacquot, based on Marguerite Duras’ eponymous play; Tromperie by Arnaud Desplechin, adapted from Philip Roth.

The retrospective is dedicated by Lebanese’s directors and artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, and it will include the Italian premiere of their latest Memory Box. The duo will be also the protagonist of a masterclass, besides Monica Bellucci, Avi Mograbi, Elisabetta Sgarbi, and Matilda De Angelis.