Lucky and a little courageous
La Biennale is 125 years old and the International Film Festival is being staged for the 77th time. Two numbers that are coupled with what is a special and we hope unique year.
In the early months of 2020 “somebody” threw a switch and we were all more or less plunged into standby mode. Even the light of the projector (the only thing that has remained the same in the rapid modification of projection technologies) went out.
We were afraid that the same thing was going to happen at the Lido after the cancellation of so many festivals large and small. We have been lucky, and perhaps a little courageous too, in deciding, together with the director of the festival Alberto Barbera, the whole team of the Biennale and our cousins of the Venice Days and the Critics’ Week, to hold, in the presence of filmmakers, technicians and the public, our Film Festival on the appointed dates.
We are not proud to be the first, after the forced pause, to be able to do so. But we are proud of having shown (bearing in mind the situation of the pandemic in Italy and the world) that it can be done, putting in place all the safety measures and presenting a program that has little to envy those of the preceding years.
I would like to thank all the authorities, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), the Region of Veneto, the Municipality of Venice, the Soprintendenza and all those who have contributed to the success of the Festival under the best possible conditions of health safety.