Festival prexy ankled Thursday

The Turin Film Festival hopes to persuade Nanni Moretti to return as topper after the Italo helmer ankled in December, just two days after being appointed, amid a power struggle.

Moretti stunned the film community when he stepped down, saying he could not work during the ongoing bitter spat that had broken out between fest organizers Alberto Barbera, topper of the city’s film museum, and fest prexy Gianni Rondolino. The pair differed over how to revamp Turin to better compete with the RomeFilmFest.

However, Rondolino stepped down Thursday, wishing Barbera well.

Turin Mayor Sergio Chiamparino and Barbera have been quietly urging Moretti to reconsider.

Barbera, who is a former Venice topper, says Moretti is mulling whether to accept their offer and could take back the helm as artistic director of the event, dedicated to young directors.

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