Marco Mueller has been reappointed topper of the Venice Film Festival for four years in a move that affords the Lido stability and bolsters its status while its infrastructure undergoes a makeover.
Mueller now has a solid mandate from Venice Biennale president Paolo Baratta, who in a statement Wednesday praised the Lido’s artistic director for boosting the fest’s international profile since taking charge in 2004.
Baratta replaced Davide Croff as Biennale prexy in November.
Under the terms of his second mandate, Mueller is believed to have gained more of a free hand in management control. There was no comment from Mueller, who was out of the country.
Mueller becomes one of the rare Venice toppers who will have remained past the standard four-year mandate.
Five artistic directors have taken the helm on the Lido over the past 15 years, each appointed under the tenure of one of the country’s revolving-door governments.
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Mueller, appointed under conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, has managed a rare feat in being reupped by the current center-left government. Indeed, rather than opting to replace him with one of his cronies, culture czar Francesco Rutelli has been singing Mueller’s praises.
Mueller will now head Venice while its futuristic new Palazzo del Cinema, which will replace its fascist-era structure, is built. Work on the Lido’s palazzo is planned to start this year with a 2011 target completion date.