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31st Torino International Film Festival, 2013

The Dismantlement
"The Dismantlement" (Sébastien Pilote)

The Torino Film Festival celebrated 31 years and record ticket sales in 2013. New Director Paolo Verde, a magnanimous and passionate man, appears to have revived international and local interest in grand style. Torino, the jewel like historic Piedmontese town set at the base of the Italian Alps, was jammed with filmgoers and fans for nine days. They were online at 8.30 in the morning at midnight for nine days, November 21th to 30th. Snow and unseasonably cool weather didn't slow them down. Outside the theatres, magnificent architecture spanning millennia and light displays set up for the festival combined with that Italian warmth resulted in a memorable experience for all. Oh and there was a chocolate festival on beside the press building! (Anne Brodie)

31st Torino International Film Festival (Italy, November 22-30, 2013). Jury: Anne Brodie, Canada ("Monsters and Critics"), Demetrios Matheou, Great Britain ("Sight and Sound"), Franco la Magna, Italy ("Cinemasessanta"). FIPRESCI Prize: The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) by Sébastien Pilote (Canada, 2013, 111min). Motivation: a subdued minimalistic family drama, with clear literary origins and strong ethical impact, narrated through a long reconnaissance of the soul, which reveals the sublime fatherly love of an elderly farmer. Print Source: Entertainment One 175 Bloor St E, North Tower, Ste 1400, Toronto, ON M4W 3R8 Canada), Phn: +1 416 646 2400, e-mail:, web:


The Dismantling of a Lifetime. Franco La Magna reviewed the FIPRESCI Prize winner The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) by Sébastien Pilote. arrow.
Seeing is Believing. When the international documentary jury in Turin awarded its prize on November 30, to Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013),  one of its members praised the festival for a programme that reflected the desire of today's documentary filmmakers to push the boundaries of their medium. Demetrios Matheou's report. arrow.
Is Today's Television Better Than Movies? Television Takes on Cinema at the 31st Annual Torino Film Festival. Anne Brodie's report. arrow.



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