Festivities get under way Tuesday evening with a tribute to one of Italy’s most famous cinematic and theatrical actors, Vittorio Gassman, with a free, open-air screening of the 1974 classic “Scent of a Woman” in a Venetian square attended by the Gassman family.
In addition, the Italian edition of Vanity Fair is hosting a party in a palace on the Grand Canal for Quentin Tarantino, who heads the jury that will select the winner of the prestigious Golden Lion on Sept. 11. And the industry publication Variety is holding a big party where it presented producer Aurelio De Laurentiis with an award.
“America considers the movie business the first business of the country, how to export their taste everywhere,” De Laurentiis said as he accepted the honor. “I’m sad (that) in Italy we have a lot of things but we never use movies to bring outside of our territory our values.”
Mueller will have to hit each of the events within the space of three hours _ no easy feat when boats plying Venice’s canals must comply with strict speed limits.
“If we speed, they will give us a speeding ticket. Every year the boat I use gets a speeding ticket. They plant them right where we have to go. Fantastic,” Mueller said, with a glint of amusement.
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