Italian director returns to post

Nanni Moretti is back on board as topper of the Turin Film Festival. Italian helmer abruptly ankled the post in December, just two days after being appointed, claiming a power struggle would have jinxed his job.

The popular auteur will announce his return as artistic director of the fest dedicated to young helmers and present guidelines for its 25th edition during a press conference today in Turin.

Moretti stunned Italy’s film community on Dec. 29 when he resigned, the ink still fresh on his contract, saying he wanted to disentangle himself from a bitter spat between Turin’s main organizers.

The conflict between Alberto Barbera, topper of the city’s film museum, and fest’s then-prexy Gianni Rondolino over a festival revamp in the face of competition from the new RomeFilmFest has died down after Rondolino stepped down last week.

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