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Palazzo del Cinema image lifting in Venice

The President of the Venice Biennale, Davide Croff, has asked two great image masters, Dante Ferretti and Matteo Thun, to make some significant changes to the facade of the historical Palazzo del Cinema on the Venice Lido. The building will greet both the general public and the stars with a completely new look for the 61st Venice Film Festival (1-11 September 2004), run by Marco Müller for the first time this year.Dante Ferretti has been set designer for great Italian (Fellini, Ferreri, Pasolin...

Boorman heads Venice jury

Venezia 61 The British director John Boorman is to be chairman of the international Venice 61 jury, which will award the Golden Lion at the 61st Venice Film Festival (1-11 September), with Marco Müller making his debut as Festival director.The Venice 61 jury also includes:Wolfgang Becker (Germany, director)Mimmo Calopresti (Italy, director)Scarlett Johansson (USA, actor)Spike Lee (USA, director)Dušan Makavejev (Serbia-Montenegro, director)Helen Mirren (UK, actress)Pietro Scalia (Italy, editor)...

Kitano’s “Zatoichi” to open Makati Cinemanila

“Zatoichi,” winner of the Silver Lion Award at the 60th Venice Film Festival and the People’s Choice Audience Award at the 28th Toronto International Film Festival, will be the opening film at the 6th Makati Cinemanila International Film Festival, which runs from July 1 to 12 at the Greenbelt Cinemas.“Zatoichi” (2003), a revival of the cult series that hit Japan in the early 60s, is writer/director/actor Takeshi Kitano’s first venture into period drama. Aside from winning in Venice ...

Manuel de Oliveira and Stanley Donen at next Mostra

The Venice Biennale Board, chaired by Davide Croff, welcomed Marco Müller's proposal to award Manoel de Oliveira and Stanley Donen the two Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 61st Mostra, which runs September 1-11.On the occasion of the prize awarded to de Oliveira, his new film O Quinto Império will be premiered during the second week of the festival.The Golden Lion to Stanley Donen will be awarded on September 11, the closing night of the festival, at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice....

Early Prizes at Venice

The "Arca Cinema Giovani" announced three awards that will be presented tomorrow at the Golden Lion ceremony: Prize for the movie that has best treated the theme "Passagi d'Occidente: encounters, diversities, contrasts" (my sentiments exactly!): Fernando Meirelles's The Constant Gardener, "for having chosen such a difficult and up-to-date subject; for the intense elaborated artistic direction." (France/Germany, 2005)Prize for Best Italian Film: Cristina Comencini's Don't Tell, "for having harmon...