VATICAN CITY — High-ranking Catholic prelates and Italo showbizzers sipped cocktails and hobnobbed June 19 on the breezy terrace overlooking the Vatican gardens to celebrate the 60th anni of Ente dello Spettacolo, the ecclesiastical org in charge of promoting church values in cinema.
Libations flowed after attendees took in helmer Romolo Marcellini’s restored b&w short “Vatican City,” but an after-hours private viewing of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel was also a coveted part of the festivities.
Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who is Rome’s vicar, Ente dello Spettacolo topper Dario E. Vigano, Italo film dept. boss Gaetano Blandini and Warner Bros. Italy chief Paolo Ferrari, who is also prexy of local motion picture association Anica, were among eminent guests feting the org.
Ente dello Spettacolo runs a movie mag, gives out nods at fests, and runs a film event of its own called — you guessed it — the Third Millennium Spiritual cinema fest.