Moretti new artistic chief for 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 said Wednesday.

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). He also has won two Davide di Donatello awards, Italy's top film honors. His "Il Caimano" (The Caiman) 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 traditionally has 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," said Sandro Casazza, head of the festival's search committee and president of the Turin-based National Film Museum. "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 festival's 25th edition have not been announced.
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