Venice at a Crossroads
With a lineup of high-profile world premieres and plenty of star power (Clooney's back, Winslet has three movies screening, and Madonna's latest unspools), the 68th 'grande dame' of fests has regained its footing as questions swirl around beloved director Marco Mueller.
After eight years at the helm of Italy's most prestigious film event, rumors began to swirl about the unthinkable: Marco Mueller, the man credited with single-handedly returning the Venice International Film Festival to its former glory, was looking at other options. During the past year, he has remained typically cagey on the subject. Does he want more money? Is he bored? No one knows. What is certain, however, is that headhunters from other festivals have swooped in to try to woo the man who exerts significant influence over Italy's cultural power brokers.
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