British Renaissance to be 3rd retrospective at Torino Film Fest

Mumbai: Nanni Moretti announced that the Torino Film Festival will be featuring a third retrospective dedicated to the English cinema movement of the 1980s, titled ‘British Renaissance’.

The two previously announced retrospectives are to be centred on two internationally acclaimed cinematic auteur—Oscar winner Roman Polanski and the most American French director Jean-Pierre Melville.  

British Renaissance reflects a Great Britain that was often contradictory, multi-ethnic and always ‘angry’. The films dealt with Scotland, Ireland, industrial areas of the North, the London suburbs, the bourgeoisie and anti establishment conflicts. They followed styles and genres typical of British cinema (documentaries and gothic, comedy and melodrama, free cinema and detective movies).

The retrospective promises to be a trip through the ‘Renaissance’, comprising 25 to 30 films. They will include the most significant debuts and titles of the period like The Terence Davies Trilogy by Terence Davies, Angel by Neil Jordan, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle by Julien Temple, My Beautiful Laundrette by Stephen Frears, Local Hero by Bill Forsyth and The Ploughman’s Lunch by Richard Eyre.

There will also be a side trip into British television of the period, with the presentation of one of Ken Loach’s works made for television. In addition it will pay a tribute to one of Europe’s most innovative TV talents, Dennis Potter, who remains unsurpassed in his achievements thanks to his two series, Pennies from Heaven and The Singing Detective.

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