Helmer Nanni Moretti is the new artistic topper of the Turin Film Festival, Italy’s event dedicated to young helmers and edgy fare.
The prolific leftist auteur, whose anti-Berlusconi satire “The Caiman” was a local hit in 2006, takes Turin’s reins following a fierce internal power struggle, as Turin organizers feel the heat from the new RomeFilmFest.
Moretti’s main backer is onetime Turin topper Alberto Barbera, current head of the film museum in the Northern city that hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.
As director of Turin’s renowned film museum, Barbera — who is also a former Venice fest chief — is a key member of the Turin fest board.
Barbera, backed by the event’s sponsors and local politicos, entered on a collision course with Turin’s longtime prexy Davide Rondolino, who had been reluctant to implement a revamp following Rome’s debut this year.
Barbera, the sponsors and local pols have essentially founded a new Turin fest with the de facto ousting Rondolino and its artistic co-directors, critics Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Roberto Turigliatto.
“Moretti will not just be a figurehead, but the fest’s full-fledged director,” said Barbera. He added that a new Turin team and guidelines for the fest’s next edition will be announced in January at the Rotterdam fest.
Moretti, whose previous experience as a fest topper is limited to a yearly showcase of new Italo cinema in his Nuovo Sacher arthouse in Rome, said in a statement that he hoped D’Agnolo Vallan and Turigliatto would become his collaborators.
Turin, which most recently hosted the Italo preem of “Flags of Our Fathers” at its 24th edition, in recent years honored helmers Joe Dante, William Friedkin and Walter Hill.