Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Venice Lido: Cheek to Ciak party.  Editor in chief of the monthly movie magazine, Ciak, Piera Detassis hosted the party entitled Cheek to Ciak on the terrace of the Excelsior Hotel during the 66th Venice Film Festival.  Photographed here with actor and television presenter, Luca Barbareschi.

Cheek to Ciak party. Emanuele Fuca cuddles up to his sister, actress, Ana Caterina Morariu and actor, Dino Santoro. Both Ana Caterina and Dino are starring in the six part TV series,  entitled, Intelligence, directed Alexis Sweet.

Cheek to Ciak party. One of the many actors appearing in Giuseppe Tornatore’s film Baaria, Beppe Fiorello and his wife Eleonora Pratelli.

Cheek to Ciak party.  Actress, Piera Degli Espositi was in Venice to promote her latest film Il Compleanno (The Birthday) directed by Marco Filiberti.

Cheek to Ciak party.   Movie agent, Daniele Orazi and the actress of Gianclaudio Cappai’s  film, So Che C’e Un Uomo (I Know There’s a Man), Daniela Virgilio.

Cheek to Ciak party.   Director, Valerio Mieli's Dieci Inverni (Ten Winters) star, Michele Riondino.

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VENICE: Floating Bookshops

VENICE: “Floating Bookshops”.  The first seventeen days of September saw the first Venetian edition of Subway-Literature: 500,000 copies of unpublished short stories and poems by young Italian writers were be distributed for free through several “literary jukeboxes” set up at the main the vaporetti stops. Printed on recycled paper, this initiative is already well known to the public of subways in the cities of Milan, Naples and Rome.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

VENICE: Palazzo Grassi - 4th GUCCI GROUP AWARD 2009

VENICE: PALAZZO GRASSI – 4th GUCCI GROUP AWARD 2009.  In its fourth edition, The Gucci Group Award ceremony took place during the Venice Film Festival at Palazzo Grassi.The Gucci Group Award is bestowed to an internationally-acclaimed artist who has made a remarkable contribution to a film in any capacity, as a director, actor, screenwriter, set designer, or costume designer. This years nominees were: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, photographer, for the direction of Home, Mark Boal, journalist, for writing The Hurt Locker, Shirin Neshat, photographer and video artist, for the direction of Women Without Men and Pipilotti Rist, video artist, for the direction of Pepperminta
The winner Mark Boal receives his award from Patricia Clarkson, as Gucci Group’s president and CEO, Robert Polet looks on.

Members of the Jury.  The members of the 2009 Gucci Group Award Selection Committee were: director, actress, screenwriter, Zoe Cassavetes, internationally acclaimed photographer, Mario Testino, actress, Patricia Clarkson pose with Gucci Group president and CEO, Robert Polet. The other members of the jury were:  international editor and opinion leader, Ingrid Sischy and Marco Müller, director of the Venice International Film Festival.

 Lawyer, Fabio Moretti and jewelry designer, Antonia Miletto.

Palazzo Grassi’s P.R. Paola Manfredi.

Palazzo Grassi’s head of development, Ashok Adiceam and his wife.

The Venice Experience’s, Marco Loredan and Emanuela Luca Dazio.

Roberto de Feo, Federico Corra, Cristina Beltrami, Bianca Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, Elisabetta Collodo and Maria Novella Benzoni.

Movie make-up artist, Mina Ghoraishi and painter designer, Shahram Karimi.

The Bauer’s Francesca Bortolotto Possati with her son, fashion designer, Alessandro  and daughter, Olimpia.

Singer songwriter, Sofia Taliani stands, cheek to cheek with her next door neighbour on the Giudecca, the actor, Ulrich Tukur depicted in Piotr Uklanski’s Dancing Nazis.

Artist, Lucy Carroll chats with designer, Sigrid de Montrond.

Jewelry designer, Servane Giol in a Gucci blouse, the bracelet is one of her own designs.

The Prince and the Paperazzi.   Omnipresent, Carlo Giovanelli posses with Canio, Daniele, Max and Vittorio.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

VENICE: Regatta Storica

Venice: The Historial Regatta.  The Historical Regatta dates back to the second half of the 13th Century; this spectacular competition whose origins are firmly entrenched in the history of Venice takes place the first Sunday of September. A ceremonial parade along the Grand Canal of historical boats manned by Venetians in period costume is watched from the balconies of the Palazzi, where regatta parties are held to entertain friends and families.

Seen at a Regatta party.  Naif artist, Liselotte Hohs.

Seen at a Regatta party.  Fashion turned furniture designer, Gioia Meller Marcovicz.

  Seen at a Regatta party. Still-life photographer, Tessa Traeger.

Seen at a Regatta party.  Jewelry designer, Carlo Piccolomini and book editor, Margherita Alvera.

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VENICE - ART: Magdalena Kunz and Daniel Glaser Exhibition

ART: - the Lido di Venezia: Magdalena Kunz and Daniel Glaser Exhibition.  Bright red and yellow dots lead the way to The Pool NYC   latest exhibition in a big large white cube placed outside the Excelsior Hotel during the Venice Film Festival and open until October 4th. The Pool NYC was founded in 2009 to promote avant-garde artists through a network of international exhibitions. Without an official gallery space, yet based in New York City, The Pool NYC is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. The necessity to be in one place and then quickly in another is a dominating influence in this century, and The Pool NYC embraces that peripatetic nature.

 A detail. Dummies of the artists themselves, Magdalena Kunz and Daniel Glaser, sit in a vintage car outside The Excelsior Hotel in front of their installation.  Appropriately the artist couple from Switzerland were exhibiting their cinematographic sculptures, which have always caused a great sensation, during the Venice Film Festival.

A detail. A detail of the Magdalena Kunz and Daniel Glaser installation, inside the white cube placed outside The Excelsior Hotel. The artists’ call their figures Talking Heads, a mixture of film and sculpture which the public often mistakes for real people.  The Lido installation called, Voices III was created during an artist-in-residence stay of the artist duo in South Africa in 2008: six poets, wrapped in wool blankets, talk about life in the townships, formulating questions about the social and political situation in South Africa.

The Pool NYC.  Two of the four founding members of the Italian and American team of The Pool NYC, Viola Romoli and Luigi Franchin. Viola Romoli is a Florentine/Spanish world traveler, with a degree in History of Contemporary Art, she has worked at the Paula Cooper Gallery, the Guggenheim Museum (New York, Bilbao and Venice) and recently was   awarded the Hilla Rebay Fellowship. Whilst, 

Luigi Franchin, a Venetian with black belt in judo a degree in Economics and a life-long passion for contemporary art, learnt his trade collaborating with Gian Enzo Sperone of Sperone Westwater.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL: The Place - The Food - The People

The Place. Docked on the Island of San Giorgio, the Missoni’s barge Timoteo is once more the venue for a pleasant summer lunch during the Venice Film Festival in honor of Mario Monicelli, the famous Italian film director.

The hostess.   Rosita Missoni in a bright red shirtdress greets guests as they arrive for the lunch in honor of famous Italian film-director, Mario Monicelli. Monicelli’s partner, Chiara Rapaccini takes photos as the guests arrive.

The People.  Tai, Angela and Teresa Missoni arrive at the barge by speed boat, captained by Bruno Ragazzi.

The People.  A close up of the glamorous,  Teresa Maccapani Missoni.

The People.  Teresa arrives in her flowing Missoni turquoise silk dress.

The guest of honor.  Fifty years after his Leon D’Oro, Mario Monicelli was back in Venice with his 1959 film, La Grande Guerra, The Great War, which was shown the night before the opening of the Venice Film Festival.  La Grande Guerra was also nominated for an Oscar. Monicelli masterpiece “upstaged” the festival’s opening film, Baària by Giuseppe Tornatore.

Mario Monicelli and his daughter Rosa.

The People. Cristina Nonino, Vittorio Missoni, Gianola Nonino and Tai and Rosita Missoni.

The flowers.   A bouquet of herbs and chili peppers looks pretty on the striped tablecloth. 
Note: the vase is covered in the same fabric.

The interior.   One of the rooms below deck.  The sofas are covered in Missoni Home  multi-colored blue and purple striped fabric.

The Food.  The Peperonata, as all the other dishes were prepared traditionally, by the renowned, Ruggero of the Trattoria Gatto Nero.

The Food.  An assortment of the freshest fish and summertime favorites was prepared by Ruggero, star chef and owner of the Trattoria Gatto Nero on the Island of Burano.  The restaurant is one of the best fish restaurants in Venice.

The plates. As you know, only plastic or unbreakable china and glass are allowed on boats.   Look how pretty the colors of the plates look together.  I also love the polka dot plates.

The cutleryMissoni is known for it’s colors and here the bright plastic knives, spoons and forks grouped together by color are very effective in baskets on the table.

Note: the Missoni Home multi-colored carpet.

The glasses. Brightly colored plastic glasses are stacked on a table on deck.

The People. Angela Missoni chats with multi-talented designer and author, Patrick Kinmonth who was in Venice for La Traviata at La Fenice for which he designed the sets and costumes.  Patrick also designed the latest Missoni store in L.A., he is better known in fashion circles for having orchestrated Valentino's 45th-anniversary retrospective at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome, Italy.

A detail.  Angela Missoni every summer puts together shells or objects found on holiday and has them made into jewelry.


The People.  Contessa with style, Carla Alvera and opera director, Robert Carsen, whose production of La Traviata  at La Fenice, was a great success.

The People:  Pino Brusone and Carla Fendi.

The Venue – a detail.  Timoteo written in naïf letters on the prow of the Missoni barge, which dates back to 1904.

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