Opening party of the Venice Film Festival honors Alberto Barbera as Bong Joon Ho as jury president

On Tuesday evening, the eve of the 78th annual Venice Film Festival, diversity hosted a rooftop party at Hotel Danieli in honor of the festival topper Alberto Barbera and the Biennale, their parent organization, with their International Achievement in Film Award.

diversity The international editor Manori Ravindran presented the award to Barbera and Roberto Cicutto, the Presidents of the Biennale.

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The theme of the event was “Stairway to Parasite”, a tribute to director Bong Joon Ho, this year’s jury president from Venice, who posed for paparazzi and stood among fellow jurors Virginie Efire, Cynthia Erivo and guests such as the Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and the supermodel Madisin Rian. mixed. The DJ mixed lounge music with Italian vintage hits like the 60s love song “In ginocchio da te” by pop star Gianni Morandi, which appears in a key scene from “Parasite”.

Cynthia Erivo - Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mirco Toffolo

Cynthia Erivo – Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mirco Toffolo

Courtesy of Mirco Toffolo

Everything from the exotic cocktails to the food – including fish preparations with gold leaf, steamed mini pizzas, spicy green noodles and a tofu dessert – was inspired by “Parasite”.

Variety party in Venice

Variety party in Venice

“What we did last year not only made us proud of being the only international festival that took place,” said Cicutto. “We are very proud that we learned how to do it and that we passed the formula [for success] to the other festivals, ”he added.

Barbera emphasized that, thanks to the support of the Biennale, he had been working on an ambitious project for 10 years: “To bring back to Venice the prestige that it had in the past and to redefine the profile of the festival.”

“I think Venice was one of the most innovative festivals,” he said.

Barbera added that he had also managed to “bring back to Venice most of the film professionals who had decided in the past to skip it to go elsewhere, such as Toronto”.

Speaking to reporters within the party, Bong said he thought it was “a great honor” to serve as the jury president in Venice.

The latest edition of the Venice Film Festival opens with Pedro Almodovar’s “Parallel Mothers” starring Penelope Cruz. Other high profile premieres shown at what is known as the official start of the Fall Awards Ceremony include Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”, Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer” and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog”.

Madisin Rian - Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mirco Toffolo

Madisin Rian – Credit: Courtesy of Mirco Toffolo

Courtesy of Mirco Toffolo

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