Rome steals the Veneto’s thun­der

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

The re­cently founded Rome Film Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues its ef­forts to com­pete with the ven­er­a­ble Venice event. It has been an­nounced that En­nio Mor­ri­cone, one of the great­est ever film com­posers, will head the jury of this year’s jam­boree.

How­ever, Czar Gian­carlo Galan, Italy’s new cul­ture min­is­ter, has never been very happy about the cap­i­tal’s ef­forts to steal Venice’s thun­der. “Venice is the old­est fes­ti­val in the world,” Galan ar­gued, be­fore go­ing on to claim that the competition for funds “risks weak­en­ing both events”.

The fact that Galan is a for­mer gov­er­nor of the Veneto re­gion, which in­cludes Venice, must be seen as a com­plete co­in­ci­dence.

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