Frédéric Maire, artistic director of the Locarno International Film Festival, will succeed Hervé Dumont as head of the Swiss Film Archive.
Maire, who has only been at Locarno for two-and-a-half years, will take up his new post on November 1, 2009. He will continue to be in charge at Locarno until the close of the 2009 event.
Festival President Marco Solari admitted Maire's departure "obviously comes a little too soon for the Festival. I'm sorry he's leaving us. Frédéric Maire made his mark on Locarno from the start and like his predecessors, he set very high standards indeed".
For his part, Maire said he regretted having to leave Locarno "but the pressing invitation from the Film Archive and the understanding attitude of the Festival President convinced me that this decision, though difficult, was the right one".
Maire has been artistic director of the Locarno Festival since October 1, 2005. No successor has been named.
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