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Simone Massi Designs Venice Biennale Poster, Inspired by Fellini and Angelopoulos (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 5, 2013 at 2:07PM

Animator/illustrator Simone Massi's poster for the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which is held at the Lido from August 28 to September 7, is inspired by the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.
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Venice Biennale Poster

Animator/illustrator Simone Massi's poster for the 70th Venice International Film Festival, which is held at the Lido from August 28 to September 7, is inspired by the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Federico Fellini. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

Massi's poster recalls a frame from Angelopoulos' "Eternity and a Day" (1998), starring Bruno Ganz, as a man seen from behind waves his arms at a boat which, in the distance, is carrying a child and a rhinoceros. The image also makes a tongue-in-cheek reference to last year’s poster (which was inspired by Federico Fellini’s 1983 film, "And the Ship Sails On") and thus marks both continuity and a break with the past. 

Simone Massi self portrait.
Simone Massi self portrait.

Once again, the coordinated visual identity and image of the Venice Film Festival were given to Milan's Studio Graph.X, based on the drawings by Massi.

Famed stop-motion animator Massi, 43, who does not use a computer in his painstakingly hand-crafted work, earned a David di Donatello in 2012 for Best Short Film. It takes him two and a half years to make an eight-minute short. (See clips below.) He created the opening sequence (trailer below) which preceded the official screenings at the Venice Film Festival last year. The 30-second sequence, created from 300 hand-made drawings, cites Fellini, Angelopoulos, Wenders, Olmi, Tarkovsky and Dovzhenko. Massi designed the opening sequence with the contribution of Fabrizio Tassi. 

This article is related to: Venice Film Festival, Animation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.