Isabella Rossellini Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philantropist, model, UNICEF Ambassador, Wildlife Conservation activist and coming President of the Jury at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival has graced Miami Beach with her charm and intelligence during Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 week and was awarded a Key to the City by Vice Mayor and Commissioner Michael Gongora at The Wolfsonian-FIU museum.
From a dinner thrown in her honor by a world famous luxury Italian jewelry brand, a visit to galleries in the Wynwood District, a cultural walk in the Convention Center main fair to a brunch hosted by The Wolfsonian-FIU Visionaries, the multi-talented Isabella Rossellini, daughter of actress Ingrid Bergman and movie director Roberto Rossellini, was explaining everywhere with humor and laughter her short movies about animals’seduction rituals “Seduce Me” commissioned by the Sundance Channel and praised by Sundance Festival founder actor Robert Redford.
Michael Gongora stated “Isabella Rossellini has heightened awareness about Art Basel Miami Beach its cultural quality and therefore brings into full light the vibrant cultural and artistic life of Miami Beach especially during the country’s largest art fair and art week celebration””, he also mentioned “when Veronika Pozmentier chairperson of the Visionaries Brunch Committee mentioned to me all the talented work Isabella Rossellini has accomplished, it was obvious to me that she is a beautiful symbol of extraordinary creative talent therefore representing the eclectic spirit of our tropical cultural city.”
Key to the City is the highest form of municipal award given to a member of the community, an organisation for community heroic service or to distinguished guests the City wishes to honor for outstanding civic contributions.
Known as “Freedom of the City” in a lot of countries the tradition goes back to the Roman Empire as an ancient privilege granted to martial organizations, allowing them to march into the city “with drums beating, colors flying, and bayonets fixed” and not have to disarm or break ranks before the city gates opened to them, of course a rare honor taking in account the risk the city could be threaten with.
As a civil privilege, “ Key to the City” is a similar award with the practice of presenting a key to an individual; traced back to Medieval times when admission into a city was hampered by many legal restrictions to protect civic security and rights as well as by walls and locked gates, the key symbolized free entry.
The recipient is free to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents, it remains the oldest and one of the highest civic honors in lot of nations around the world and especially is very popular in the United States of America.
Welcome to the City of Miami Beach Isabella Rossellini!
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Veronika Pozmentier is a free-lance journalist; she serves on The Wolfsonian-FIU Visionaries Executive Committee, MDPL Education and Programs Committee and is proud to be a Sister Cities International Goodwill Ambassador for the City of Miami Beach.