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Light to shine on Venice: updated

A part share in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans is pretty much the extent of NZ feature participation in this year’s Venice Biennale, which announced its programme earlier today. The DreamWorks title has its world premiere in competition at the festival, having shot here in Marlborough and the South Island almost two years ago.

The competition line-up also includes The Bad Batch by Ana Lily Amirpour, whose Sundance-premiered A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night had a strong run on the festival circuit two years ago. Second time around, Amirpour swaps vampires for cannibals.

The Orizzonti strand, won last year by Jake Mahaffy’s feature Free In Deed, gets another Mahaffy film this year, short Midwinter.

Three Australian titles are named for Venice, all of them period pieces. The Orizzonti strand, won last year by Jake Mahaffy’s Free In Deed, names Nicholas Verso’s Boys in the Trees.

Mel Gibson’s WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge plays in the main festival out of competition, while Ben Young’s Hounds of Love is named in the official competition of sidebar event Venice Days.

The Venice Biennale runs 31 August – 10 September. The Light Between Oceans opens here 3 November.

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