01 Aug 2010

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New Zealand short film to screen at Venice

Cold Clay, Emptiness... the latest work by New Zealand filmmaker SJ.Ramir, has been selected to screen in the Orizzonti section of the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

La Biennale di Venezia - organisers of the festival, created the Orizzonti section in 2004 to examine "new trends in cinema" with particular attention to be paid to the work of directors who trained in "expressive sectors" other than cinema.

Cold Clay, Emptiness... is a continuum of Ramir's previous short films, exploring the connection between the physical, external landscape, and the landscape that resides within the mind.

'Journey's' form a dominant motif in his works. Ramir's latest video work is dramatised by the movement of an anonymous figure through a remote and desolate rural valley - examining the notion of metaphysical journeys that are made within.

The screening at Venice caps off a successful year so far for Ramir, as another of his films, Into Daylight - financed by The Screen Innovation Production Fund, was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam earlier this year.

The 67th Venice International Film Festival runs from the 1st till the 11th of September 2010.For further information visit: ww.labiennale.org/en/cinema