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Italian director quits Turin post
Nanni Moretti
Acclaimed Italian director Nanni Moretti was behind The Son's Room
Award-winning Italian director Nanni Moretti has stepped down as artistic director of the Turin Film Festival, two days after accepting the job.

Moretti, whose films include 2001 Palme d'Or winner The Son's Room, resigned after learning his appointment was opposed by some festival organisers.

"With great pain I give up the job and leave you to your... personal grudges," he said in a statement.

The festival focuses on young directors and independent film around the world.

The 53-year-old director released a statement to the Italian news agency ANSA on Friday

"There has been talk of organising two competing festivals in the same city, someone suggested a lack of ethics and some have even said that I would be an instrument for politicians to strangle the festival's independence."


The annual November festival, now in its 25th year, is facing increased competition from the newly inaugurated Rome Film Festival, which takes place in October.

"The nomination of Moretti positions the Festival of Turin on the same level as that of Venice and Rome and this is an important point of departure," Sandro Cosazza, President of Turin's National Museum of Cinema, said when the appointment was first announced last week.

"For this we are grateful to Moretti to have accepted the challenge."

The director was among the favourites at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival for his political satire The Caiman (Il Caimano) - a fierce critique of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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