A dark love story shot in Cambodia and starring two non-professional Khmer actors picked up a Special Jury award at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in Italy on Sunday night, where it was entered in the cutting-edge Horizons category. “Ruin,” written and directed by Aus*tralians Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody and co-produced by Kulikar Sotho from Phnom Penh-based production house Hanuman Films, is a hypnotic yet hard-hitting road movie that follows two teenagers as they try to escape their fraught lives in contemporary Cambodia. “[It] is an observational, minimal portrait of post-traumatic intimacy…a transcendent story of companionship and
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