The 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival will pay a tribute to the Greek master, Theo Angelopoulos, and the Italian legend, Federico Fellini, through its official poster.
Venice, the world’s oldest and still renowned movie festival, will celebrate the cinema of these two great directors with a telling image.
Envisaged by Simone Massi, animator, illustrator and helmer, the visual recalls a frame from an Angelopoulos film, Eternity and a Day (1998), starring Bruno Ganz.
The picture shows him waving at a boat which is carrying a child and a rhinoceros. Which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to last year’s poster that was inspired by Fellini’s 1983 film, And the Ship Sails On.
This image, as the Festival says, “marks both continuity and a break with the past. It also invites viewers to look beyond, to roam using their imagination”.
Massi, who was born in Pergola in 1970, is one of the last masters of stop motion animation and has won over 200 awards at major movie festivals, in Italy and abroad. He is also widely regarded as one of the most important authors of animated short films. An independent animator, he studied movie animation at the Urbino School of Art.
In the course of 15 years, he has created by hand 15 animated movies, which were screened in 54 countries and also at the 69th Venice Film Festival in 2012.
Massi does not use a computer, and draws everything by hand on paper, using pencils, charcoal, coloured chalk, pastels, graphite, and India ink.
The “scratch” technique he has adopted in his most recent works permits a maximum of 6-7 drawings in a day. This means that an 8-minute movie can take up to two- and- a- half years of painstaking work.
The Festival runs from August 28 to September 8.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran will cover the Venice Film Festival this autumn)