Louise Duffy | 09-09-2013
Australian film Ruin, a surreal love story filmed in Cambodia, has won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Written, directed and produced by Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody, Ruin was shot on a shoestring budget with Khmer-speaking actors.
Ruin screened in the festivalís Horizons section, which is dedicated to new distinctive films from international rising talents. There were 31 films screened in the Orizzonti competition and the jury was headed by American director and screenwriter Paul Schrader, whose many credits include Taxi Driver.
Courtin-Wilson and Cody, along with the cinematographer Ari Wegner, were awarded the prize at the festival on the evening of Saturday 7 September. This is the second time Courtin-Wilson and Cody have had a project screen in Venice. Their feature Hail was also selected in the festivalís Orizzonti in 2011.
Ruin was developed and supported for production by Screen Australia.