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“Passione” and “Soul Surfer” Bookend Cinequest Fest

"Passione" and "Soul Surfer" Bookend Cinequest Fest

John Turturro’s documentary “Passione” and Sean McNamara’s “Soul Surfer” will bookend the upcoming 2011 Cinequest Film Festival.

“Passione,” billed as Turturro’s “beautiful love poem to the city of Naples,” lays bare the rich musical culture in the city by combining archival footage with musical numbers on the streets.

“John Turturro has already left an indelible mark on cinema as an actor in such groundbreaking films as Barton Fink, Do the Right Thing, Clockers, Five Corners, and Miller’s Crossing, as well as director of Mac, Illuminata and Romance & Cigarettes,” said Cinequest Programming Director Michael Rabehl. “With Passione, he pours out his soul by creating a beautiful celebration of not simply the music of a city, but also about what connects us with all artists…passion.”

Starring Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood, “Soul Surfer” tells the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a woman who overcame her fears and returned to surfing after losing an arm in a shark attack at the age of thirteen.

In addition to the screenings, Robb will be presented with Cinequest’s Emerging Maverick Award, while Turturro will pick up the Maverick Spirit Award.

The Cinequest Film Festival, now in its 21st edition, takes place March 1-13 in San Jose.

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