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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


68th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Marco Müller

31st August > 10th September 2011


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Dan is in love with Leanne. They were born on the same day: November 6, 1960. They eat together. They live together. They steal together. When Dan’s love is suddenly ripped away from him, he is reduced to savagery. Dan swallows. Dan tries to sleep. Dan tries to hide. Suffocating and filled with violence, Dan thrashes against the tide and goes on a journey to take back what is his. The past is not a dead thing – it may return, like a hunter, to follow us for a time.

Video: Press conference
2 September 21:00 - Sala Perla 3 September 09:00 - Sala Perla ORIZZONTI Hail by Amiel Courtin-Wilson - Australia, 104'
language: English - s/t italiano
Daniel Jones, Leanne Letch, Dario Ettia
Director’s Statement
I first met Daniel P. Jones in 2005 while directing a documentary about Plan B, an Australian theatre company founded to rehabilitate ex-prison inmates. Danny had been released from prison the previous day and I was instantly taken by his wit, charisma and mercurial storytelling. Over the coming months we became close friends and I subsequently met his girlfriend Leanne Letch – a formidable, selfless woman who had also served time in prison and raised three boys as a single mother in rural Australia. After six years of sharing our lives, Danny and Leanne are like family and I love them dearly. It was Danny and Leanne’s intense love for each other that was ultimately the inspiration for Hail.