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Italian News / Movies - November 10

World previews of works by some of today's best horror directors are among the star events at the Turin Film Festival, which opens tomorrow.

Movies by six of the genre's greats - John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Tobe Hooper, John Landis and Italy's own Dario Argento - will be screened as part of a section on films made in the US. The productions come from an anthology called Masters of Horror, in which 13 directors were given carte blanche to make one-hour movies for television with no studio interference.

The 'Americana' section also features Paul Schrader's prequel to The Exorcist, Dominion, and James Mangold's movie about the life of country legend Johnny Cash, Walk The Line. As always the Turin Film Festival, now in its 23rd year, is seeking to serve up a blend of auteur works and commercial productions.

The main competition, on the other hand, aims to provide a platform for new talent - it is only open to directors' first or second films. The festival kicks off with a short documentary written by and starring Isabella Rossellini about her director father, Roberto Rossellini, the pioneer of Italian Neorealism. The short, entitled 'My Dad is 100 Years Old', was made for next year's celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Roberto Rossellini's birth.

In total there will be 13 world premiers and 11 European premiers at the festival, which runs from November 11 to 19.