Jake Mahaffy’s feature Free In Dead will have its world premiere in the Orrizonti line-up at the (Venice International Film Festival VIFF) in early September.
The Orrozonti (Horizons) programme has in recent years presented a pair of NZ shorts, Leo Woodhead’s Cold Snap and SJ Ramir’s Cold Clay, Emptiness…, and Tusi Tamasese’s debut feature The Orator, which left the festival with the CinemAvvenire and C.I.C.A.E Awards and a Special Mention for the Orrizonti gong.
Mahaffy’s earlier short Miracle Boy premiered at Venice three years ago. His short AD 1363, the End of Chivalry premiered at Sundance in January.
Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches and based on actual events, Free in Deed depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle. Mahaffy, who coordinates the Screen Production programme at the University of Auckland, hopes to attend the premiere but hasn’t yet confirmed travel plans. “We’re glad to premiere at Venice. It’s a great festival and I’m thrilled to be returning with a feature film.”
Free In Deed is produced by Georgina Conder, Michael Bowes, Mike S. Ryan and Brent Stiefel. The film stars David Harewood (Spooks: the Greater Good, Homeland, Blood Diamond) and Edwina Findley (Veep, Treme, The Wire), and was made with production investment from the NZFC.
Pietra Brettkelly’s Flickering Truth is also named for Venice.
The Venice International Film Festival runs 2 – 12 September, closing the weekend Toronto opens.