Rome fest loses two after transition

Cinema 2008 co-directors step down

ROME -- The Rome International Film Festival's uncertain future claimed its first high-profile victims Monday, when the co-directors of the Cinema 2008 section said they would step down three days after the festival concluded.

Giorgio Gosetti and Teresa Cavina were among the festival's first hires in 2005 and have been mainstays at all three editions. In addition to co-organizing the Cinema 2008 section, Gossetti was the official director of the festival's market event, and Cavina directed the New Cinema Network laboratory.

Gosetti came to Rome from Venice, where he founded the popular Venice Days sidebar; Cavina was on staff at the Locarno Film Festival before coming to Rome.

The future of the festival has been clouded with uncertainty since the election of a new mayor in May resulted in a shake-up at the top of the three-year-old festival. A weaker-than-usual lineup this year sparked criticism of the event in the local press.

Both Gosetti and Cavina cited the festival's shaky ground as the reason for their departures, but Gian Luigi Rondi -- who took over as the festival's second president in June -- said the festival is stable.

"I knew they (Gosetti and Cavina) were leaving, but the motives they mentioned do not correspond with the reality," Rondi said.
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