New Venice topper firmly onboard for 3 more years

ROME — Marco Muller today will receive the greenlight to head the Venice Intl. Film Festival for the next three years.

Fest parent org the Venice Biennale broadly approved Muller’s first edition, which ended earlier this month amid praise for the selection of pics and some exasperation at organizational snags.

Muller was hired by the Biennale with a four-year mandate. But his contract stipulated that would be up for revision after his first run. Now the new Venice topper is firmly onboard.

Muller told Daily Variety he will announce a number of changes, including cutting the number of titles in the official selection and limiting competition entries to one prize each. This year’s Golden Lion winner, Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake,” also scored an acting nod, as did Alejandro Amenabar’s “The Sea Within,” which took the Grand Jury Prize.

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