Imagine attending a Lido gala in a big space-age theater shaped like an upside-down ship, where stars make their entrance from one of two fire-red catwalks overlooking the lagoon.
With MIFED out of the picture, will Venice gain more prominence as a market? The Lido is trying. But, as the Italians say, you can't make a step that is longer than your leg.
Venice jury prexy Dante Ferretti is not a man to mince words. "Are you asking me what on Earth possessed me do it?" says the revered Italian production designer, a 2004 Oscar winner for "The Aviator."
Sitting in a Rome cafe on a scorching morning in late July, an Italian ice and a pile of local papers in front of him, Venice festival topper Marco Muller is clearly feeling the heat, and not just…
As Silvio Berlusconi vacations under the Sardinian sun, Italy's prime minister and billionaire media mogul is becoming a hot cinematic commodity.
Piracy fears surrounding the Sept. 3 world preem of Lasse Hallstrom's "Casanova" at the Venice Film Festival are causing friction between Buena Vista Intl. and local pols clamoring for an outdoor…
U.S. cult helmer Paul Morrissey's docu "Veruschka," co-helmed by Germany's Bernd Bohm, and Brit hit horror pic "The Descent" are late entries to the 62nd Venice Film Festival's official selection…
Claudio Petruccioli has been appointed prexy of Italo pubcaster RAI, ending a 15-month management crisis at the country's top web. A senator and prominent member of Italy's Democratic Party of the…
Gondola loads of Chinese and Far East features and a slew of star-studded U.S. pics -- albeit fewer from the Hollywood majors -- fill a slimmed-down lineup at the upcoming 62nd Venice Film Festival.