Nanni Moretti exits Turin Film Festival

Media speculates over possible successor

LONDON -- Italian auteur Nanni Moretti has parted company with the Turin Film Festival after two years as the event's artistic director.

Organizers on Sunday said Moretti resigned and will be able to concentrate on his next movie project.

The Italian press was filled with speculation over Moretti's successor at the prominent Northern Italian festival, with Gabriele Salvatores, Roberto Benigni and Giuseppe Tornatore all being talked about.

Moretti's most recent feature, 2006's "The Caiman," followed his 2001 Palme d'Or winner "The Son's Room."

"I can no longer guarantee Turin the same amount of attention and energy," Moretti said in a statement.

"I am leaving a unique festival which can still grow and continue to support good independent and auteur cinema," he added.

Moretti's resignation comes a week after this year's shindig wrapped.

Moretti stepped into the Turin role two years ago in the growing shadow of the upstart Rome International Film Festival and the continuing importance of Venice.