AT THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL WITH MARTINO CRESPI

09 Feb 2022

If you think at the various events related to the Venice Film Festival, the first name that comes to mind is undoubtedly that of Martino Crespi, otherwise known as ‘the director of enchantment’. Born in 1964, the man who is able to create an unequivocal connection of refinement and elegance in everything he looks at. His palmares boasts the organization of numerous events, one more glamorous than the last: from the first exhibition in Italy of Douglas Kirkland, to the surprise exhibition for the 80th birthday of Ursula Andress, to the event for the tenth anniversary of Vanity Fair at the Cini Foundation. Up to the exclusive dinner set up in Rome at Palazzo Barberini, for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Not forgetting the gala dinner for the 100th anniversary of La Rinascente in Milan or Mastercard’s annual “Priceless” event.

In the jetset, Martino Crespi is undoubtedly a multifaceted and versatile character, capable of orchestrating any luxury event with perfect aplomb and timeless refinement.

Speaking of a recent event, he was the one who organized the gala dinner at the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival to celebrate Ennio, the documentary directed by Oscar-winning director Giuseppe Tornatore and dedicated to Ennio Morricone.

At Palazzo Pisani Moretta, on the Grand Canal, Crespi created a setting that was both scenographic and rigorous: on the one hand, the floral Gothic style of the palace’s splendid façade, and on the other, the Baroque and Neoclassical style of the large halls, frescoed in the 18th century. Guests were able to admire the mirrored table on which the Guarana fresco was reflected, and the lights of 280 lit candles from the elegant crystal chandeliers. The menu of the gala dinner was entrusted to chef Lionello Cera of the Antica Osteria Cera in Campagna Lupia (Ve) and the Maison Moët & Chandon accompanied the entire dinner by matching different champagnes with the courses. At the end of the dinner, another moment of great atmosphere: the performance of Aria, the musical group that during the days of the Film Festival presented its first album, “A Tribute to Cinema. Seventeen Songs from Great Movies’. Last but not least, master pastry chef Ernst Knam came out with a bewitching cake: many small chocolate pianos set in a sumptuous structure that defied gravity. A surprise performance by Gianni Morandi in an amarcord of past music.

As Crespi himself says, in an event everything has to be planned down to the smallest detail, there is no room for error. Everything must be perfectly coordinated in a harmonious mood. That is why the choice of suppliers is so important, especially the choice of audio and lighting services.

Because you can make a great set-up… but if you don’t illuminate it well, most of the work is wasted.

And we, at Ravaservice, know it very well!

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