Rebirth in Venice

Kiefer, Peter
August 2004
Hollywood Reporter -- International Edition;8/24/2004, Vol. 385 Issue 18, p18
On a sweltering July day, a standing-room-only audience of journalists, publicists, distributors and producers at Rome's Hotel Excelsior was treated to both the lineup for the 61st annual Venice International Film Festival, set to run on September 1-11, 2004. By securing an unprecedented Hollywood-laden slate, complemented by a well-balanced European presence and a fresh infusion of Asian cinema, newly appointed Venice artistic director Marco Mueller seemingly had exceeded expectations. Mueller signed a four-year contract with the Venice festival and is unlikely to go anywhere else soon, but his candid response speaks volumes about what he and Biennale president Davide Croff have endured to get to this point.


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