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'Tony Manero' wins top prize at Turin festival

ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - "Tony Manero," an unlikely drama about a serial killer obsessed with John Travolta's character from "Saturday Night Fever," was awarded the Best Film prize at the 26th Turin Film Festival, which concluded Saturday.
/ Source: Reuters

ROME (Hollywood Reporter) - "Tony Manero," an unlikely drama about a serial killer obsessed with John Travolta's character from "Saturday Night Fever," was awarded the Best Film prize at the 26th Turin Film Festival, which concluded Saturday.

The Brazil-Chile co-production from director Pablo Larrain also won the Italian festival's film critics' award and produced the Best Actor prize for lead performer Alfredo Castro.

French actress Emmanuelle Devos won the Best Actress award for her role in Fien Troch's "Non-Dit" (Unspoken). Sean Baker's drama "The Prince of Broadway" won the jury prize.

But the award winners were almost overshadowed by a non-announcement from Turin's second-year artistic director, Nanni Moretti. The noted auteur, who took the helm at Turin last year after announcing a sabbatical from filmmaking, was expected to announce Saturday whether he would stay at the festival for a longer period. Instead, he said a decision would be made within a week.

The festival was highlighted by the arrival of director Roman Polanski for a retrospective of his work, along with an appearance by Oliver Stone, whose biographical satire "W" opened the festival on Nov. 21.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter