Italian actress Luisa Ranieri hosted the opening of the 71st Venice International Film Festival this week.
On Wednesday, she posed for the paparazzi on the beach of Venice Lido and splashed around in the sea ahead of her hosting duties wearing a white blouse tucked into a flowing navy maxi skirt with a revealing thigh slit.
In the evening, she officially opened the ceremony at the ‘Birdman’ premiere, dressing every bit the part as beautiful host in a blue sapphire Armani Privé strapless gown, stunning in its silhouette overlaid with the elegance of a semi-transparent full ball skirt.
Ranieri made her film debut in 2001 with Leonardo Pieraccioni in Il principe e il pirata (The Prince and the Pirate) and her first experience with auteur films was in Eros (2004), in the episode entitled Il filo pericoloso delle cose (The Dangerous Thread of Things) directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, presented at the 61st Venice International Film Festival.
She has acted in films, television series and theatre plays and is currently one of Italy's most acclaimed actresses.
She has also worked for American and French productions such as Letters to Juliet (2011) by Gary Winick, Le marquis (2011) by Dominique Ferrugia (2011), and Bienvenue à bord (2011) by Eric Lavaine.
She is married to famous actor Luca Zingaretti, mostly known abroad for his role as Commissioner Montalbano in the successful TV series L'Ispettore Montalbano, based on Andrea Camilleri's detective novels.
On September 6th, she will host the closing ceremony during which the winners of the Golden Lion and the other official awards will be announced.