ROME — Prolific Italo helmer Pupi Avati has ankled as topper of state film company Cinecitta Holding, parent of Rome’s Cinecitta Studios, to concentrate on film projects.
But according to sources, Avati’s exit is due to squabbles with Cinecitta Holding managing director Ubaldo Livolsi and deputy director Alessandro Usai, who are revamping the ailing entity without Avati’s input.
Avati, whose most recent pic is the drama “A Heart Elsewhere,” is shooting “When Are the Girls Coming?,” a pic centered around Italy’s contemporary jazz scene.
Carlo Fuscagni, a former chief of pubcaster RAI’s RAI-1 channel and vet film buff, will replace Avati, who will remain on Cinecitta’s board of directors. Fuscagni recently launched a new Rome-based fest called Festival di Palazzo Venezia dedicated to international art-themed docus and feature films.
The cumbersome Cinecitta Holding is also the parent company of state film production and distribution arm Istituto Luce and a partner in the recently established Audiovisual Industry Promotion (AIP), which operates Milan’s Mifed market.