The Rome Film Festival is under new management following a political upheaval that has led to the appointment of Paola Malanga, Managing Director of RAI Cinema, as Artistic Director of the Festival and Gian Luca Farinelli, Director of the Bologna Film Archives, as President.
Malanga, who was appointed late Tuesday, replaces Antonio Monda, the New York-based journalist and film scholar who, during his seven-year tenure at the helm of the event, has ensured a steady stream of high-profile guests including Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton and Angelina Jolie, just to name a few names on the red carpet in Rome at last year’s edition.
Farinelli — who has been appointed president of the Cinema Per Roma foundation, which oversees the Rome Festival — takes over from Laura Delli Colli, a prominent film journalist and critic, who remains on the foundation’s board of directors.
The new Rome Fest regime was triggered by the election of the new mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri, last October.
The Eternal City extravagance, which is an idea of the former mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, has seen huge changes since its launch in 2006, with Nicole Kidman on the red carpet and ambitions to rival Venice, due to Italy’s political booty system, restructuring in the experienced management.
While Delli Colli left gracefully, Monda’s departure was a bit more bitter. In an effort to keep the job, Monda rallied support from US heavyweights including Martin Scorsese, Joel and Ethan Coen and Italian helmsmen Paolo Sorrentino and Marco Bellocchio. For free.
Malanga, who is now stepping down as deputy director of RAI Cinema, the film arm of Italian pubcaster RAI, was one of the founders of the Italian film magazine Duel. She has been appointed Artistic Director of the Rome Fest for three years.
In addition to being director of the Cineteca di Bologna film archive and its world-renowned film restoration laboratory, Farinelli directs Italy’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival, dedicated to historical films, which attracts thousands of people – including the international heritage film industry – to Bologna during the summer. Farinelli is known for having a close relationship with Cannes frontrunner Thierry Fremaux.
The 17th edition of the Rome Film Festival takes place in October. It will be interesting to see what form it will take.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/rai-cinema-paola-malanga-rome-film-festival-1235218689/ RAI Cinema Executive Paola Malanga becomes director of the Rome Film Festival