Giorgio Gosetti exits Rome for Venice

Journalist-critic founded Venice Days sidebar

ROME -- Giorgio Gosetti, who left the Venice Days event in 2005 to get the Rome Film Festival off the ground, will return to the well-regarded Venice Film Festival sidebar for its 2009 edition, organizers said Monday.

In 2004 Gosetti, a journalist and critic, founded Venice Days, which focused on new projects from up-and-coming directors. But he left the event after the second edition to help found the Rome Film Festival, which held its inaugural edition in 2006.

But Gosetti left Rome after its third edition, in the wake of wholesale changes that gripped the festival last year. After stepping down in November, Gosetti kept a low profile before resurfacing at the helm of Venice Days on Monday.

Gosetti's return means that Fabio Ferzetti, who won accolades for his directorship of Venice Days in Gosetti's three-year absence, will step aside to focus on his work as a Rome-based film critic. The Venice Days board voted unanimously to officially thank Ferzetti for his work.

The sixth edition of Venice Days will take place in conjunction with the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival, set for Sept. 2-12.