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Gucci Goes To The Movies

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Guests crowded into Venice’s Palazzo Grassi on Monday night for the fourth annual Gucci Group Award gala—an event that is becoming so popular that organizers were forced to draw up “wanted” lists of well-known party crashers as well as professional physiognomists to spot them. As in past years, the nominees were an eclectic bunch: photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand (for the documentary Home); journalist Mark Boal, screenwriter of The Hurt Locker, which premiered here last year; American-Iranian photographer and video artist Shirin Neshat (for the film series Women Without Men) and video artist Pipilotti Rist (Pepperminta). As movie-industry players, local celebrities, and members of Europe’s high society waited patiently for the president of the Venice Film Festival, Marco Müller, to alight, guests of all ages swooned over Luca Calvani, the terminally handsome and molto comico actor who came to the public eye by winning the Italian version of Survivor. A jury including Patricia Clarkson, Zoe Cassavetes, and Mario Testino gave the nod to New York native Boal. (In addition to penning The Hurt Locker, Boal’s 2003 book, Death and Dishonor became the basis for the film In the Valley of Elah.) As the party rolled on, Calvani got some competition in the form of Testino himself: remarked one guest, “He’s so funny, if he weren’t a photographer he could be a comedian.”

Photo: Venturelli / Wire Image

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