ROME — Film historian and critic Lino Micciche has been appointed president of the Biennale, the venerable Italian arts council that controls the Venice Intl. Film Festival.
He was elected by a wide majority at a March 19 meeting, during which he stressed that his duties will not only be the correct management of the Biennale, but also to work toward much-needed reforms of the organization. He replaces Gian Luigi Rondi as president.
Micciche has taught film history and criticism at universities in Trieste, Siena and Paris prior to his current position at the Terza Universita in Rome. He has written for various publications since the mid-1950s, and has written and edited around 30 volumes on film including a six-volume history of cinema and important studies of the films of Luchino Visconti.
At the same meeting, Gianfranco Pontel, the former superintendent of Venice’s La Fenice theater, was elected Secretary General of the Biennale, replacing Raffaello Martelli.