venice International Film Festival
from August 30 to September 09
Ferretti President of the Jury for the 62nd Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica
Francesca Ghermandi to create the opening credits
Dante Ferretti, the most famous art designer in Hollywood, favourite of Federico
Fellini and now Martin Scorsese, 2005 Oscar winner for The Aviator, has accepted
the offer to chair the international jury for the 62nd venice Film Festival which
will take place on the venice Lido from August 31 to September 10. The President
of the venice Biennale, Davide Croff, and the Director of the Festival Marco Müller
made the announcement today during a press conference in Cannes.
Ferretti has created set designs for some of the foremost Italian directors (Fellini,
Ferreri, Pasolini) as well as those internationally known (Jean-Jacques Annaud,
Neil Jordan, Terry Gilliam). He collaborated with Martin Scorsese on seven films,
the last of which after Gangs of New York being The Aviator, which brought him
and his wife, Francesca Lo Schiavo, an Academy Award.
in Macerata, Italy in 1943, after high school with an artistic emphasis, he then
moved to Rome to attend the Academy of Fine Arts. He became a friend to the great
set designer of the 1960's, Luigi Scaccianoce, then made his debut in 1969 with
the Pier Paolo Pasolini film, Medea, recreating the classical world with flavours
of the Orient, where the film was shot. With Pasolini, Ferretti continued to work
until the death of the director, collaborating on Decameron (1971), set in the
sunny, mediterranean Medieval, Racconti di Canterbury (1972), Fiore delle mille
e una notte (1974), where he once again shot the Orient in a manner outside the
known stereotype, on to favouring a more contemporary reality in the scenery for
Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975).
the same period, Ferretti began to work with other masters of Italian cinema,
from Elio Petri (La classe operaia va in paradiso, 1971) to Luigi Comencini (Il
gatto, 1978), from Ettore Scola (La nuit de Varennes -Il mondo nuovo, 1982) to
Marco Ferreri, for whom he conceived the desolate America of Ciao maschio (1979)
and also the self-destructive one of Storie di ordinaria follia (1981), moving
on to Il futuro è donna (1984). In 1979, he started to work with Federico
Fellini, giving life to the visions of the master from Rimini, and providing a
fondamental contribution to the creation of his world. Together they realized
some of the best films for each of them, from Prova d'orchestra (1979) to La voce
della luna (1982).
grand career in international cinema took off with the Medieval, both realistic
and symbolic, in The Name of the Rose (Il Nome della rosa, 1982) with Jean-Jacque
Annaud. 1989 brought the first of his 8 Oscar nominations, for the baroque scenery
of The Adventures of Münchausen (Le avventure del barone di Münchausen)
by Terry Gilliam, and the following year he was again nominated for Hamlet (Amleto)
by Franco Zeffirelli. Touching down in Hollywood, he became a master of period
reconstruction, but not only that, also for diverse settings, out of the norms
and always avoiding the traps of convention and repetition. In 1994, he designed
Interview of the Vampire (Intervista col vampiro, Oscar nomination) by Neil Jordan,
in lavish detail set between Europe and America of the 1700s. However it was to
be with Martin Scorsese that Ferretti would develop his longest and closest collaboration,
from the refined suggestions of nobility in The Age of Innocence (L'età
dell'innocenza, 1993), to the cruel light of Las Vegas in Casinò (1995),
up to the bewitching exoticism of Kundun (1997, Oscar nomination) and to the bloody
counterfeit world of turn of the century New York in Gangs of New York (2002,
Ferretti is currently on the new Brian De Palma set, The Black Dahlia, adapted
from a novel by James Ellroy, set in the 1940s. "I had to reconstruct the
Los Angeles of the '40s, and I did it in Bulgaria" - declared Ferretti -
"Fortunately Fellini taught me that there are no impossible undertakings".
The President of the Biennale, Davide Croff, and the Director of the Mostra, Marco
Müller, also announced that Francesca Ghermandi will pen the opening credits
of the 62. Mostra, a cheerful convergence of comic strip and animation, which
will be the first "pop art" opener in the history of the Mostra.
Ghermandi was born in 1964 in Bologna, where she lives and works. Daughter of
the sculptor Quinto and the painter Romana Spinelli, she began drawing as a child.
After taking a diploma in classical studies, in 1983 she enrolled in the Faculty
of Architecture, while at the same time following a course in strip cartoons held
by the group Valvoline and by Andrea Pazienza, thus revealing to her the world
of contemporary comics. The first publications (1985-87) are of clear lines, in
black and white, and are essentially made up of illustrations and short comics.
Since the end of the '80s, she has been collaborating with various magazines with
both colour drawings and periodical stories, later collected into volumes. Often
the characters or the settings created for illustrations are used in successive
comic strips and, vice versa, ideas that come from within the comics become transformed
into illustrations, making the recent works a synthesis of that which preceded
it. Since the mid-1990s she has been experimenting with graphite drawings, giving
life to the character of Pastil, with the stories being collected into three books
between 1998 and 2001. During the same period, she started working on another
comic, Bang! Sei morto, released in a volume in 2003. She has participated in
the principle comic strip expositions and has been published in numerous well-known
titles, such as "Reporter", "Frigidaire", "Il manifesto"
and "Il gambero rosso".
For the 62nd Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, the director, Marco
Müller, confirmed that he will present an official selection of no more than
60 films. This line had already been proposed by Müller himself immediately
following the previous Mostra, and approved by the board of the venice Biennale
on February 9. "We decided to make the program more comprehensible"
- explained Müller - "so as to avoid confusion among the components,
which must remain clear and accessible, so as to best express their innate richness."
At the next Mostra (August 31 - September 10 2005) there will be only three principle
sections: In Competition, Out of Competition and Horizons. "Digital cinema
will cut across all the sections, with projections in HD (high definition) in
2K and in 4K", the Director of the Festival went on to say, "and the
most spectacular night-time programming will come under the section Out of Competition.
Finally, Horizons, will consist of at least six feature-length documentaries.
Alongside the official selection this year will be the Secret History of Asian
Cinema, dedicated to the "invisible" cinema of the Far East (China,
Hong Kong, Japan, India)".
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, as previously announced, will go to the
Japanese master of animation, Hayao Miyazaki. The award will be presented to the
great artist on Friday September 9 during "Miyazaki day", when some
of his, as yet, unreleased films in Italy and Europe, will be shown