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Italy's Moretti named new director of Turin Film Festival

Italy's Moretti named new director of Turin Film Festival

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti has been named artistic director of the Turin Film Festival, an event that focuses on young directors and independent movies from around the world, organizers said Wednesday.
"(The festival's) work in researching new cinema and finding less conventional authors is of great importance," Moretti said in a statement. "I accepted ... to become artistic director in the hope of contributing to strengthen it."
The Turin event held its 24th edition in November, but could face increasing competition from the Venice Film Festival as well as a new event launched this year in Rome.
Moretti won top honors at the Cannes film festival in 2001 with his film "The Son's Room" _ the story of a psychoanalyst whose happy family life is shattered when his teenage son dies in a freak diving accident.
The actor and director is also known for his lighthearted films dealing with his own experiences, like 1994's "Caro Diario," as well as his more politically charged works as a vocal supporter of leftist parties in Italy. This year's "Il Caimano" (The Caiman) _ released less than a month before April elections _ served up a fierce critique of then conservative Premier Silvio Berlusconi and of modern-day Italy.