'Il Postino' star to host Venice ceremonies

Cucinotta attended fest with Oscar-winning film in 1994

ROME -- Maria Grazie Cucinotta, best known as the female lead in the Oscar-winning film "Il Postino," will be the hostess of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 66th Venice Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Cucinotta will host the opening ceremony connected to the Sept. 2 world premiere of Giuseppe Tornatore's "Baaria" as well as the Sept. 12 closing ceremony. She is no stranger to the Venice Lido: "Il Postino" first came to light in Venice in 1994.