It would have been great to have been able to write these lines of introduction to the 78th Venice International Film Festival of the La Biennale di Venezia without speaking of Covid.
Unfortunately, that is not possible and once again we are having to cope with the restrictions and safety measures required to ensure the health of all the participants (operators and spectators) and the workers who, from the mounting to the dismantling of the theaters and the necessary services, will for the second time be carrying out their duties at the Lido wearing masks.
We already gave our response last year, however, by succeeding in holding the festival when the virus was still a “mysterious object”: something that was acknowledged the world over as a great achievement.
The year 2021 has been a “better” one for major cultural events. In our own case, we have managed to open the International Architecture Exhibition and the Festivals of Theater and Dance.
Great rehearsals for the Film Festival, which will benefit from the protection of a larger number of vaccinated people. It has proved possible to hold other important festivals with live audiences, as well as music events and theatrical performances.
What have not yet been solved, however, are the problems of a complete resumption of activities in movie theaters, playhouses and concert halls. The festivals are held for them too, so that on their reopening they will find “products” enriched by promotion and critical review.