Aussie film "Ruin" has won a special jury prize at this year's Venice International Film Festival.
The special Orizzonti Jury Prize was presented to co-writer/ director team Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody and cinematographer Ari Wegner.
A low-budget love story, "Ruin" tells the story of Phirun (Rous Mony) and Sovanna (Sang Malen) - two young lovers inexplicably drawn together who escape a brutal and exploitative world of crime and violence in modern day Cambodia.
Fleeing Phnom Penh after a murder, they travel deeper into the jungle. As their vulnerable love ebbs and flows along their journey, they wake from the trauma of their former lives and unleash a violent rage upon the world. Love and death intermingle as they travel deeper into the abyss- their world strangely transforming around the two young lovers on the run.
"Ruin" screened during the festival's Horizons section, which is headed by American director and screen-writer Paul Schrader, whose long line of credits include writing and directing the Richard Gere thriller "American Gigolo" and penning the script for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.
This is the second film Courtin-Wilson and Cody have screened at Venice, which is the world's oldest film festival.