Press Release

In celebration of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 – September 7, 2013), the Biennale di Venezia has created a special project, Venezia 70 – Future Reloaded.

Seventy movie directors from all over the world have been invited to make a short film lasting between 60 and 90 seconds, in total creative freedom, including Australia’s Amiel Courtin-Wilson.

Amiel joins industry luminaries including Bernardo Bertolucci, Paul Schrader, Shekhar Kapur, Apichatpong Weresekatul, Claire Denis, James Franco, Abbas Kiarostami, Todd Solondz, Monte Hellman and Walter Salles invited to participate in the omnibus.

Amiel’s feature film HAIL premiered at Venice and this year his film RUIN, which he co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Michael Cody, has also been selected for the Festival.

Amiel’s 90-second film was shot over two days in Melbourne and is based on several Scandinavian creation myths. Screen Australia and Film Victoria provided financial assistance. Amiel plans to develop a feature film, Blue Heaven, based on the short.

Future Reloaded is both a collective movie tribute to the Festival (the world’s first film festival to celebrate its 70th edition) and a reflection on the future of cinema, as filtered through the personal artistic insight of each of the participating directors.

All the shorts will be given a first public screening at the Lido during the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

"To make a totally uncompromising work with absolute creative freedom is a wonderful thing but to have that film then screen alongside many of cinemas most original voices is really humbling and remarkable,” Amiel said.

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