Venice Critics' Week line-up includes our Cambodian sci-fi drama KARMALINK, which will also be the opening film, and our Iranian drama ZALAVA, both having their world premieres
KARMALINK is set in near-future Phnom Penh, where a teenage boy teams up with a street-smart girl from his neighbourhood to untangle the mystery of his past-life dreams. What begins as a hunt for a Buddhist treasure soon leads to greater discoveries that will either end in digital enlightenment or a total loss of identity.
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ZALAVA is set in 1978, and centers on the inhabitants of a small village in Iran called Zalava who claim there is a demon among them. Massoud, a young gendarmerie sergeant, who investigates this claim encounters an exorcist attempting to rid the village of the demon. When he arrests the exorcist on charges of fraud, the villagers fear and anger escalates. Massoud and his love interest, a government doctor, soon find themselves trapped in a cursed house, surrounded by villagers who believe they are both possessed by the demon.
Our Head of Sales Debra Liang will be attending the festival and the Venice Production Bridge.