Rome Film Festival selects its selectors

Three chosen to assist artistic director Piera Detassis

ROME -- The Rome Film Festival on Thursday announced the three key players who will help select the main in- and out-of-competition lineups along with newly installed artistic director Piera Detassis for the event's fourth edition later this year.

The festival also reconfirmed it will take place Oct. 15-23, a day shorter than in 2008 and, again, in almost direct competition with the 53-year-old BFI London Film Festival, which announced earlier in the week that it would take place this year Oct. 14-29.

The installation of the well-regarded three person group will give Detassis new reach in selecting a lineup the festival hopes will appeal to both the general public and to critics.

The figures making up the new team are veteran journalist, critic and documentary producer Fabrizio Grosoli, from Rimini; Milan journalist Alessandra De Luca; and Fabia Bettini, who returns to the festival where she previously worked as a selector and co-director of the festival's Alice in the City sidebar. Bettini is a half-sister of Goffredo Bettini, who was the Rome festival's president for the festival's first two editions.

The selections are the latest in a series of changes in a tumultuous year for the Rome festival, which saw several changes in key personnel and focus since last summer. Earlier this year, Detassis, who was previously one of five co-directors of the event, was given singular control of the festival's content when she was elevated to artistic director.

Gian Luigi Rondi, the 87-year-old critic and former Venice Film Festival artistic director, remains in his position as festival president, a post he assumed last year, replacing Goffredo Bettini.