XXV edition
8/13 December 2015


Magical nights in Courmayeur

Teresa De Sio
, the musician, actress and writer, will be the star of Noir as she performs a reading of her novel L’attentissima (Einaudi) set to music on the last night of the festival, which culminates in the Italian premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies. But many other stars will be making the ascent to the festival beneath Mont Blanc for the "silver anniversary" of Europe’s preeminent showcase of mystery novels and film noir, starting with this year’s winner of the Raymond Chandler Award, Joe R. Lansdale, and featuring the likes of Dario Argento, Enzo D’Alò, Patricia Rozema, Gabriele Salvatores, Maya Sansa, Giancarlo De Cataldo and Carlo Bonini, Carlo Lucarelli, the Manetti Brothers, and Stephane Drouet, creator of the TV series Cherif.

"The program pretty much sums up the many shades of contemporary Noir and the uniqueness of this festival," say Marina Fabbri and Giorgio Gosetti, "with a kaleidoscopic array of images, stories and emotions. There are the world premieres of the latest auteur TV dramas (the hotly-awaited revival of the X-Files series and the event film that brings the CSI saga to a close at last) as well as popular European models such as Cherif and L’ispettore Coliandro. Genre films are represented by talented auteurs such as Alex de la Iglesia, Patricia Rozema and film titan Steven Spielberg, while noir fiction covers both the Italian school and the international scene, courtesy of Pieter Aspe and Joe Lansdale. Plus the novels that investigate the hottest crime scandals in the news, like the ones by Carlo Lucarelli and the duo Bonini & De Cataldo, and others that delve into Italy’s enduring real-life mysteries, like David Grieco’s book and film La macchinazione, with a sneak peak at the latter at Courmayeur. Last but not least, entertainment for our younger festivalgoers, in the form of Goosebumps."

In keeping with tradition, it will be Courmayeur Noir audiences who assign the Black Lion for Best Film from among the films in competition, all of them national and international premieres. Each day of the event will have its own guest of honor to add a different color to the kaleidoscopic lineup. And each day will see today’s best writers holding court in the Maserati Winter Lounge at the Jardin de l’Ange, while every night Noir will be paying tribute to three all-time film greats who would have turned 100 in 2015: Anthony Quinn, Frank Sinatra, and Orson Welles.