Critic Rondi cast as Roma fest president


Gian Luigi Rondi, the dean of Italian film critics and president of the David di Donatello Awards, will replace Goffredo Bettini as president of the RomaCinemaFest.

The official announcement will be made Monday at the mayor's office at Rome's Campidoglio, when Bettini's resignation will be accepted. Bettini met with newly elected Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno on Tuesday and agreed to step down to assure City Hall's continued backing of the 3-year-old festival.

Rondi, 86, appears to be a compromise candidate after polarizing film director Pasquale Squitieri was removed from consideration because of his criticism of the festival. (partialdiff)