Marco Muller, who is winding up his mandate as head of the Venice Film Festival,moving to the Rome International Film Festival.
The Rome festival’s president Paolo Ferrari announced the appointment Friday, saying Mueller was “esteemed in Italy and abroad.”
According to AFP, Muller said that, “I couldn’t be happier, I’m returning to my city after 22 years to work on an exciting project.Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.”
Muller, who speaks fluent English, French, Italian, Mandarin and Cantonese, has been the director of the Venice festival since 2004.
He will be replaced in December by Alberto Barbera, 61, who is a cinema critic and head of the National Cinema Museum in Turin in northern Italy.