ROME – The Rome Film Festival has a new team in place, headed by its onetime artistic director Piera Detassis who has been appointed president of the foundation that oversees the event, which now appears to be entering a new phase.
Antonio Monda, a multihyphenate with ties to the U.S. film and literary world, is widely expected to be appointed Rome’s artistic director on Monday, replacing Marco Mueller who exited last year, following a turbulent three-year mandate.
Monda is a high-powered New York-based Italo journalist with a flair for PR who has also dabbled in film and held Q&A sessions during the Rome fest. He appears in brief cameos in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Acquatic” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be The Place.”
Detassis, who prior to Mueller had been artistic director at Rome and has been in prominent roles there since its inception, underscored the “populist” core of the metropolitan event, and also played up the importance of its informal Business Street market side, in a statement. She is editor of top Italo mainstream movie mag Ciak.
Significantly, Roberto Cicutto, head of Italy’s international film promotion entity Luce Cinecittà, is now a member of the renewed board of the Cinema per Roma foundation that runs the film fest. The foundation will now also be in charge of the Rome Fiction Fest, dedicated to global TV dramas, which will become a sister event.
The budget for the Rome fest’s upcoming 10th edition, though considerably reduced over the years, will reportedly amount to around $7 million, still a considerable sum.