Italian director-actor-producer Nanni Moretti will be the subject of this year's retrospective at the Locarno Interational Film Festival (August 6-16).

'I am total fan of his work and am very happy that he will be in Locarno,' says the festival's artistic director Frederic Maire exclusively to Screen 'We will be showing the feature-length films, shorts and documentaries he directed as well as all of the works from his production company Sacher Film.'

'In addition, we will present the films in which Moretti has acted, including Padre Padrone and, naturally, Antonio Grimaldi's film Quiet Chaos which is here in Competition in Berlin. There will also be a 'carte blanche' of films he will select to show the kind of cinema he appreciates and values.'

The festival will be looking to invite actors from his films, other important collaborators and fellow directors he holds in high esteem to join Moretti in discussions on his work in Locarno.

Maire added that a monograph will be published to accompany the retrospective with Moretti 'in his own words' and several previously unknown documents which reveal more about the director's style and approach to filmmaking.

Meanwhile, the perennial problem with the hotel capacities in Locarno could be alleviated, according to Maire. 'We have had two pieces of good news - there is the construction of a new hotel in the medium price category by the Accor Group in the direction of the Lido, which could be the sign of more hotels being built in the town.'

'And there is a good chance that the Grand Hotel [the festival's popular meeting place each evening] could be reopening as a hotel again in the future.'