Turin Film Fest 2008: Nanni Moretti Resigns as Director

Dec 7, 2008–Nanni Moretti has resigned as artistic director of the Turin Film Festival, prompting speculation that another big name Italo helmer may take over as chief of the small but prominent international indie event.

Roberto Benigni and Giuseppe Tornatore are among names being bandied in the Italian press to replace Moretti, who stepped down Saturday after a two-year stint.

Moretti said he decided to leave the festival to focus on his next picture.  His most recent feature was the anti-Berlusconi satire “The Caiman” in 2006, which followed his 2001 Cannes Palm d'Or winner “The Son's Room.”

“I can no longer guarantee Turin the same amount of attention and energy,” Moretti said in a statement.  I am leaving a unique festival which can still grow and continue to support good independant and auteur cinema.”

Moretti's resignation comes one week after Turin wrapped a highly succesful edition which saw Oliver Stone and Polanksi as guests, a rise in attendance, and Chilean helmerPablo Larrain's “Tony Manero” as the big winner.

Moretti had come on board Turin two years ago in the wake of stepped up competition posed by the now three-year-old Rome Film Festival to which he has always been averse despite living in Rome.  Rumors are that his replacement will be a high-profile festival director outside of Italy.