Andrea Segre Wins Film Festival in Berlin and Dedicates Award to Venetians in Front of Ca’ Farsetti

The director of “Welcome Venice” was awarded at the “Cinema! Italia!” Festival in Germany on Sunday evening. Monday he will bring the award under the windows of the City of Venice along with the group Alta Tensione Abitativa. “I dedicate this prize to Venetians who are trying to stay”

12 December 2022

By Mitia Chiarin

“Welcome Venice” won the prize at the 25th edition of the “Cinema! Italia!” film festival in Berlin yesterday, and director Andrea Segre is bringing the prize to Venice today to dedicate it to the citizens who are trying to remain in the city. He will be accompanied by the Alta Tensione Abitativa network, which has fought for months with Segre for a law to regulate tourist rentals. In front of Ca’ Farsetti Segre and the group will symbolically deliver the prize to the city, and to the citizens who are committed in defending housing.

“It gives me particular pleasure to receive this prize in Berlin for “Welcome Venice”, – said the director, “a film dedicated to the great crisis that Venice is currently experiencing, with the decline in the number of residents and the suffocation caused by the enormous pressures of tourism and real estate prices, a problem which certainly does not concern only Venice, but also other major cities such as Berlin itself, which has been particularly attentive to the issue in recent years.” Appearing today in front of Ca’ Farsetti along with the award-winning film director will be representatives of associations that are part of the Alta Tensione Abitativa network, who will emphasize and restate that the City government of Venice is now able to regulate short-term rentals – in the same way as other tourist lodgings – and to set some limits on a phenomenon that is now out of control, seriously impacting the chances of finding a home in Venice for people who work there or would like to live there permanently.

Source: La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre


3 thoughts on “Andrea Segre Wins Film Festival in Berlin and Dedicates Award to Venetians in Front of Ca’ Farsetti

    1. No, this film is different. Here’s a synopsis: Pietro and Alvise come from a long line of fishing families from Giudecca, Venice’s most ‘working-class’ island. But they don’t see eye to eye on the seemingly unstoppable transformation of the lives of the Venetians and the city’s very identity. Indeed, the far-reaching impact of global tourism has changed the relationship between Venice and its residents, and the pandemic has only thrown this critical situation into relief. Pietro would just like to keep fishing the typical crabs found in the Lagoon, lonely as that lifestyle is, while Alvise believes their home on the Giudecca itself is the ticket to joining the elite managing the city’s real estate assets, hence running Venice. This clash of views will involve the entire family, in an ensemble film about how our world is changing.

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  1. Venice is the most beautiful and unique city in the world. I have been privileged to go there twice yearly for many years now and to become friends with several Venetians—those most blessed of people. May Venice thrive and continue forever!

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