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CIAO VENEZIA: Venice’s waters are starting to stir with celeb-packed action. The 66th Venice Film Festival running from today to Sept. 12 will kick off with Microsoft and Moda e Tecnologia, a nonprofit association aimed at bringing together technology and luxury and fashion brands, launching Style Star, a new Web project aimed at promoting luxury brands via short fashion movies. In the Star Style Lounge, a high-tech space housed on the terrace of the Lido’s Excelsior Venice Hotel, on Friday, three short films will be screened: “Fitting Room Follies,” directed and filmed by Karl Lagerfeld, presenting the Chanel 2009-2010 pre-fall collection; Andrea Rovetta’s “La Scarpa” (“The Shoe”), celebrating Ferragamo’s iconic alligator stilettos, and “Les Noces de Papier” (“The Paper Wedding”), directed by Italian filmmaker Edoardo Winspeare for Louis Vuitton.
That same night, Alberta Ferretti will light up the lagoon with a party aboard her yacht, Prometej, honoring Werner Herzog’s movie “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.” Eva Mendes, Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer and Adriano Giannini are among the celebrities expected to attend.
And while Gucci Group will unveil the winner of the fourth annual award at Palazzo Grassi on Monday, official festival partner Jaeger-LeCoultre will hand out the annual “Jaeger–LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award” to Sylvester Stallone during the closing ceremony at Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido. The Swiss watch company will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of its Calibro 101 watch with a party on Thursday.
And Tom Ford will strut down the red carpet on Sept. 11 for his debut as a director with the movie “A Single Man,” based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood.