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New Film Fest Spot Opens as Olivier Pere Leaves Locarno for Arte France Cinema

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 27, 2012 at 4:01PM

The game of musical chairs on the global film festival circuit continues as Olivier Père leaves his role as artistic director at the Festival del film Locarno after three years. He's moving on to become the General Director of Arte France Cinema. This means he is no longer a candidate for the New York Film Festival, which at the end of 2012 loses director Richard Pena after 25 years. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is searching for his replacement.
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Olivier Pere
Olivier Pere

The game of musical chairs on the global film festival circuit continues as Olivier Père leaves his role as artistic director at the Festival del film Locarno after three years. He's moving on to become the General Director of Arte France Cinema. This means he is no longer a candidate for the New York Film Festival, which at the end of 2012 loses director Richard Pena after 25 years. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is searching for his replacement.

At a Board of Governors meeting on September 4, Locarno festival president Marco Solari and the Directorate will present their suggestion for a successor to the Board, which nominates the Artistic Director. Following that meeting in Locarno there will be a press conference to announce their decision.
 

This article is related to: Locarno International Film Festival, Arte France Cinema, Festivals, Festivals, NYFF, New York Film Festival


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.