You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Venice: Security Beefed Up to Counter Post-Barcelona Terror Threat

VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido.

Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most visible aspects of the anti-terrorist effort, which also involve floating security devices in the lagoon, plainclothes policemen with body cameras and sharpshooters on rooftops, according to local media.

Paolo Baratta, who heads the fest’s parent organization, the Venice Biennale, said that he is pleased with the security measures. “We are countering the terrorism threat with policemen, cement boulders, and security savvy,” he said.

“The world in general is reacting beyond the most positive expectations with a sort of bold feeling of independence to the terrorism threat,” he added. “Italy is full of tourists. We need to have faith in our institutions and in our selves. And I think that we, like all those who can feel threatened, can be proud of the way we are reacting.”

More Film

  • 2018 Best Picture Nominees Have the

    This Year's Best Picture Nominees Have the Lowest Grosses in Six Years

    VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido. Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick

    ‘Black Panther’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido. Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most […]

  • Distrib Films US Acquires Locarno's Jury

    Distrib Films US Acquires Locarno's Jury Prize Winning 'Good Manners' (EXCLUSIVE)

    VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido. Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most […]

  • Boyd Holbrook

    'Narcos' Star Boyd Holbrook to Reteam With Netflix on Thriller Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

    VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido. Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Zuri (Forest Whitaker)..Photo:

    Fandango Sold Over 30% of 'Black Panther' Tickets

    VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido. Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most […]

  • Sade to Release New Song on

    Sade to Release New Song on ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Soundtrack

    VENICE, Italy — With Italy considered a possible upcoming ISIS target following the recent Barcelona attack, the Venice Film Festival put tight security measures in place on Wednesday for its opening day, which saw Italian president Sergio Mattarella disembark on the Lido. Security checks and cement protection barriers to prevent truck attacks were the most […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content