Venezuela's Hugo Chavez was in Venice on Monday for the screening of Oliver Stone's biopic on the leftist president at the city's film festival, organisers said.
"Hugo Chavez is in Venice," an organiser announced at the beginning of Stone's press conference, but declined to give any details of his programme during his stay.
It was expected he would walk down the red carpet at around 5:00 pm (local time) to attend the official screening of Stone's documentary South of the Border, which is being shown out of competition at the 66th Mostra.
A few Venezuelan military were spotted on the Lido on Sunday, the festival's venue, along with a large official delegation.
The film, which was enthusiastically applauded at the press showing yesterday, tells the story of Venezuela's "peaceful revolution" since Chavez came to power in 1998, and how the country's transformation has had knock-on effects in the rest of the continent.
Currently on a world tour that has taken him to Asia, Africa and Europe, Chavez does not give details of his private visits for security reasons.