Amelio headed for Turin Film Festival

Nanni Moretti stepped down Monday

LONDON -- Italian director Gianni Amelio is expected to take the reins as head of the Turin Film Festival following the exit of artistic director Nanni Moretti after two years in the hot seat.

Amelio is a well known auteur in Italy with several movies under his belt including "Open Doors," "Stolen Children" and 1998 Venice Golden Lion winner "The Way We Laughed."

Turin organizers acted swiftly to fill the void left after Moretti stepped down last week saying he needed to focus on a film project.
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