Venice Festival directorMarco Mueller has again repeated his calls for the festival to "solve itsinfrastructural problems" and ramp up its industry facilities. "We need biggertheatres," Mueller told ScreenDaily.com as this year's festival heads into itsclosing weekend. "We need the capacity of those theatres to be bigger. We needthe autonomous sidebar sections to play in a totally different theatre so wehave more space for our screenings. We need a few smaller market and industryscreenings."
In an exclusive interviewwith ScreenDaily.com, Mueller statedthat the festival would be "deceiving" its partners unless it provided suchfacilities.
He also emphasised the needfor
Mueller acknowledged that hewas "irritated" that there had been so much discussion about the new RomeFestival and "the possibility of
"In terms of the industry,we have to see," he said when asked what attraction
Mueller added that he was notthreatened by
"I don't think anybody candispute the position
Nonetheless, he re-iteratedhis desire to see more buyers on the
Mueller refuted suggestionsthat there have been too many
Asked why there was only oneKorean film in official selection, Mueller (a longtimechampion of Korean cinema), stated that he had to "respect the opinion of myselection committee members'they were more convinced by some of the mostvisionary animation works from
The festival director isthree years into his four-year contract. He declined to say whether he wouldlike his stewardship of the festival to continue after 2007. "Let's see whathappens when the contract expires. It is too early to say."