Having visited Germany and the UK, Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux has turned his attention to Italy, visiting Rome to meet key players from the local film industry and find out more about new Italian talent.

During his three-day visit, Fremaux reportedly met a number of producers, including Angelo Barbagallo, who produced The Son's Room, Tilde Corsi (Ignorant Fairies), Alia Film's Enzo Porcelli, Cattleya's Riccardo Tozzi, and Medusa Film vice-president Giampaolo Letta.

He also met upcoming director Vincenzo Marra, whose debut feature Sailing Home won the Critics Week prize at Venice, Gabriele Muccino, the director of last season's blockbuster The Last Kiss, and Cristina Comencini, who has just wrapped Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita (The Best Day Of My Life), with Luigi Lo Cascio and Margherita Buy.

Fremaux's visit comes in the wake of Nanni Moretti's Cannes triumph in May and the recent box-office success of a number of home-grown titles, which have significantly boosted the local film industry's confidence.