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Director of Locarno film festival announces resignation

Marco Müller announced his resignation at a news conference in Locarno Keystone

The director of the Locarno international film festival, Marco Müller, has resigned. Müller announced at a news conference that he would now concentrate on film production.

Müller made the announcement on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Locarno film festival. He said he would now travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina to assist in the making of a war film directed by a young Bosnian.

He explained that he had forewarned the festival’s board of directors several days before Saturday’s surprise public statement.

Müller was appointed in 1992 to the post of festival director. In 1998, he threatened to quit, citing a lack of autonomy and insufficient funds. However, at the last minute he renewed his contract.

Marco Müller was born in Rome in 1953. He studied Chinese studies and philosophy.

From 1978 onwards he worked in the film industry, first as an advisor, then as a co-ordinator and finally as the director of the international festival of new films in the Italian town of Pesaro, between 1986 and 1989.

He went on to head the Rotterdam film festival which specialises in Chinese and Indian films.

Müller’s resignation is a further blow to the festival, whose president, Giuseppe Buffi, died suddenly on July 20. The festival’s board of directors is to meet next month to nominate successors to both men.

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