Magazine article Screen International

Marco Mueller Appointed Rome Artistic Director

Magazine article Screen International

Marco Mueller Appointed Rome Artistic Director

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After weeks of political infighting, Marco Mueller has finally been appointed as the artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.

Marco Mueller has officially been given the reins of the Rome Film Festival.

His confirmation as artistic director was made formal in a vote today in the Italian capital, putting an end to almost three months of political upheaval and providing Mueller and newly appointed Rome Cinema Foundation president Paolo Ferrari with plenty to sink their teeth into.

"I couldn't be happier," Mueller said. I am coming back to my hometown after 22 years to work on an exciting new project: the next phase of development, after the results of the first six years of work of a festival that wants to better cater to the needs of those who make movies, those who show them and those who go to see them."

The duo now have just shy of seven months to re-boot the event which saw the 7th edition stalled until an agreement could be brokered amongst the various sides. It took Rome's previous president Gian Luigi Rondi's resignation to move forward the naming of a new president and artistic director. Rondi had worked alongside Piera Detassis, Rome's outgoing artistic director and he continued to support her until he eventually agreed to relinquish his mandate.

With all that behind them, Ferrari told Italian press: "Now it's time to stop talking, roll up our sleeves and get to work."

Little is known about the new festival - its composition, its name or for that matter the dates. …

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