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.
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.