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BEST OFFER, The

Italy, 2012 (MIFF 2013, International Panorama)

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

There is always something authentic concealed in every forgery.

MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush stars alongside Donald Sutherland, Jim Sturgess and newcomer Sylvie Hoeks in this mystery drama set in a high-society world of art deals and closed doors. Virgil Oldman is an elegantly eccentric art auctioneer who lives alone surrounded by exquisite art. When he receives instructions to help a reclusive young woman sell her family's antiques, his interest is piqued, not just due to the works at stake but because of the woman - who refuses to meet in person and will only communicate through walls and doors.

Directed with a stylish flair by Cinema Paradiso filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore, The Best Offer delivers a world of high art, intrigue and unconventional romance, and was a box-office smash upon release in Italy.

"Geoffrey Rush brings striking depth of character to a classic Old World mystery set against the sophisticated backdrop of Europe's art auctions, with charming input from Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland." - Hollywood Reporter

Giuseppe Tornatore and Geoffrey Rush are guests of the festival.

D/S Giuseppe Tornatore P Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia Dist Transmission Films TD DCP/2012

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