MILAN – Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera will remain in the saddle at the Lido for next year’s 73rd edition of the event, despite the fact that his four-year term expires, thanks to an extension of his mandate announced Monday by the Venice Biennale, in what is a likely first step to him getting another four-year term.
The Biennale board has extended Barbera’s mandate thanks to new rules passed by the Italian government regulating the Biennale. These rules are expected to pave the way for Biennale prexy Paolo Baratta, whose term also expires this year, to soon be given four more years at the helm. That, in turn, would allow Baratta and his board to also renew Barbera for another full four-year stint, including the extension he just got.
Barbera is coming off a solid 72nd edition of the Grand Dame of European festivals that saw Venezuelan first-time director Lorenzo Vigas’s potent first feature “From Afar” scoop the Golden Lion while also launching high-profile studio and U.S. indie titles including “Black Mass,” “Everest,” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” bolstering Venice’s status as a driver for auteur cinema and also awards season fare.