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Venice selects Kiwi doco

Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth will play in the Venice International Film Festival’s Venice Classics line-up, a programme given over to restored titles and documentaries on cinema.

A Flickering Truth

A Flickering Truth

A Flickering Truth unwraps the world of three dreamers living amongst the dust of Afghanistan’s 100 years of war as they struggle to protect and restore 8,000 hours of fragile film.

Brettkelly won Doc Edge’s DOC Pitch in 2013 with the project, then travelling as Flickering Timebomb. At the end of that year she took the project to IDFA Forum. Last year it won support from the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and participated in Sundance’s Documentary Edit and Story Lab.

The NZFC has given the film production investment as well as supporting Brettkelly to international market and industry events to present the project.

There’ll be a special screening in Venice’s Critics Week selection for Top of the Lake actor and Big Screen Symposium speaker Peter Mullan’s 1998 Orphans.

VIFF’s competition 10-title line-up includes Australian director Sue Brooks’ Looking For Grace. Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep), Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) and Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, whose The Assassin is currently playing the NZIFF, are among the nine-person jury led by Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mamá También).

The festival will open with Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, the story of late Kiwi guide Rob Hall’s last expedition. Australian actor Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Great Gatsby) plays Hall; Keira Knightley plays his wife Jan.

The Venice International Film Festival runs 2 – 12 September, closing the weekend Toronto opens.

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