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The official poster of the 71st Venice Film Festival

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inspired by the closing scene of The 400 Blows by Fran├žois Truffaut
07 | 04 | 2014

the poster has been created by Simone Massi

The final frame of The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups, 1959) by François Truffaut – in one of the greatest closing scenes in film history – is the inspiration for the poster of the 71st Venice International Film Festival, created for the third year in a row by Simone Massi.
In the new poster for the Venice Film Festival, the boy portrayed in the close-up is Antoine Doinel, the main character in Truffaut’s debut masterpiece, The 400 Blows, and the director’s alter ego in other memorable films (always played by Jean-Pierre Léaud). After his escape from reform school, the rebellious Antoine stares into the camera in the final frame. Against the background, there is the sea that he has never seen before and that he has just raced towards. In the poster for the Venice Film Festival, Simone Massi imagines the boy surrounded by flying fish: an element of fantasy that mitigates the quizzical dimension of his gaze, as he prepares to plunge into the sea of life.
The 71st Venice International Film Festival, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, will be held on the Lido from August 27th to September 6th 2014.
The visual identity and corporate image of the Venice Film Festival was designed once again this year by Studio Graph.X in Milan, based on Simone Massi’s drawings.
Simone Massi, winner of the 2012 David di Donatello for Best Short Film, is the author of the opening sequence which since 2012 has introduced the official screenings of the Venice Film Festival. The sequence lasts 30 seconds, and was made with 300 hand-drawn illustrations that quote Fellini, Angelopoulos, Wenders, Olmi, Tarkovsky, Dovzhenko, and Truffaut. Massi conceived the opening sequence with the help of Fabrizio Tassi. The music was composed and performed by Francesca Badalini, with sound-design by Stefano Sasso. Julia Gromskaya did the camera-work and Lola Capote-Ortiz is responsible for the post-production.
Massi, born in Pergola in 1970, is one of the latest pioneers of “stop motion” animation, and has won over 200 awards in major festivals in Italy and abroad. He is also considered one of the most important directors of animated short films at the international level. He is an independent animator, who studied Animation Film at the Scuola d’arte in Urbino. Over the past 19 years he has conceived and made 19 animation films (alone and entirely by hand), which have been screened in 60 countries and were shown at the 69th Venice Film Festival 2012, along with the premiere screening of Animo resistente. Massi does not use computers in his work, he draws everything by hand, using pencils, charcoal, pastels, coloured pencils, graphite and ink. The “scratch” technique he has developed in his most recent works – which allows him to make no more than 6 or 7 drawings in one day, working uninterruptedly from morning until evening - requires up to two and a half years of work to make an 8-minute film.
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