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Ex-Venice topper annexes Montreal gig

De Hadeln to head Festival Internationale

LONDON — Former Berlin and Venice chief Moritz de Hadeln is resurfacing, this time as director of the debuting Festival Internationale du Films de Montreal.

De Hadeln’s selection will be ratified tonight during a board meeting of Le Regroupement Pour un Festival des Films a Montreal, the org run by fest outfit Equipe Spectra.

As reported, (Daily Variety, Dec. 19), new event is funded by the government agencies that withdrew their support from the long-running Montreal World Film Festival, headed by fest founder Serge Losique.

Ill will between Losique and de Hadeln flared into the open two years ago when, during a dispute over conflicting dates of Venice and Montreal, De Hadeln called Losique “the Al Capone of Montreal.”

Le Regroupement is supported by funding from Telefilm Canada and Quebec’s Sodeq, two former key sources of funding for the World Fest.

First unspooling is planned for October, with subsequent annual events to go head to head with Losique’s annual event in August. Tentative English name for the fest is Montreal’s New Filmfest.

According to some close to the new fest, deal with de Hadeln is a three-year pact with De Hadeln Partners firm and includes de Hadeln’s wife and longtime business partner, Erika de Hadeln. Further staffing appointments will be announced Sunday at a press conference in Berlin.

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