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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