A stirring start to festival

Variety's pre-fest kickoff features James Bond theme

Around 200 guests attended Starwood and Variety’s annual pre-opening-day Venice party on Tuesday on the rooftop terrace of the historic Hotel Danieli.

The theme was James Bond, which inspired a wide assortment of vodka martini concoctions, each influenced by a different Bond girl, plus a panoply of mouthwatering mignon-sized food creations by Venice’s top three chefs.

Pulsating beats blended in with vivacious chatting and unleashed some boogeying as darkness fell.

In brief speeches, made with the lagoon sunset’s golden haze in the backdrop, Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera praised the fest’s collaboration with Variety , which has spawned market dailies this year, while Alberto Lopez, Variety’s head of international sales, proposed that Starwood Venezia Antonello De’ Medici be given a special prize for hosting what has become the event’s most high-energy bash.

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