Moretti named artistic director of Turin fest

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Italian director Nanni Moretti has been named artistic director for the Turin Film Festival, organizers and officials from the Turin regional government announced Wednesday.

The 53-year-old Moretti has five Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or nominations to his credit, with a win for 2001's "La Stanza del Figlio" (The Son's Room). Moretti also has won two Davide di Donatello awards, Italy's top film honors. His "Il Caimano" (The Cayman) was one of the top-grossing Italian films of 2006.

Moretti's appointment gives the Turin event -- which held its 24th edition in November -- a much higher profile as it competes for attention with the venerable Venice Film Festival and big-budget newcomer the RomaCinemaFest.

Unlike its rivals in Venice and Rome, the Turin festival has traditionally focused on first, second or third efforts from directors.

"The appointment of Nanni Moretti puts the Turin Film Festival on a level with Venice and Rome, which is an important starting point for us in 2007," Sandro Casazza, head of the festival's search committee and president of the Turin-based National Film Museum, said in a statement. "We are very grateful to Moretti for accepting this challenge, which is not only his but all of ours."

Said Moretti: "I accepted the proposal of the National Film Museum and the Turin Film Festival with the hope of reinforcing the importance of an already important event."

The dates for the 25th edition of the Turin Film Festival have not yet been announced.
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