Rome wins industry backing

Market may receive boost

The Rome Film Festival hasn’t got its new topper — yet.

Monday’s press conference to announce Gian Luigi Rondi’s appointment as prexy was postponed to Wednesday, to wait for the fest board to give Rondi the go-ahead, which is considered a formality.

Meanwhile Gianpaolo Letta, managing director of Silvio Berlusconi-owned Medusa, Italy’s top film company, said that Medusa would support Rondi and Rome.

He and a large part of the film community believes that Rome can play a key role if it boosts its nascent market in an attempt to replace Milan’s defunct Mifed movie mart.

In an interview on Monday with Italian news agency Adn Kronos, Letta also suggested fest’s dates may change in the future.

Rome’s Oct. 21-31 dates — only a few weeks after Venice and overlapping this year with the London Film Festival — have been a bone of contention ever since its inception.

Rondi, an octogenarian film critic and former Venice topper, was tapped last week by Rome’s new right-wing mayor Gianni Alemanno to replace fest founder Goffredo Bettini.

Bettini, a prominent center-left opposition pol, stepped down because his position at the helm had become incompatible with his political role.

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