QUARTET, with Production Design by Andrew McAlpine, to open the 30th Turin Film Festival.

Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut will open the 30th Turin Film Festival, which runs from November 23rd until December 1st.  The Turin festival is the pre-eminent independent film event in Italy, and prominently features English language pictures, often from younger directors. The film is a lighthearted comedy centered in a retirement home for aging musicians, named Beecham House.  Each year the house holds a concert to celebrate composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, but their latest money-spinning event is thrown into jeopardy when Reg’s (Tom Courtenay) ex-wife Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) comes to live at Beecham. The film also features Pauline Collins, Bill Gambon and Billy Connolly.