Hounds of Love in Venice, Lion in TIFF

Ben Young’s debut feature Hounds of Love has been selected for the prestigious Venice Days, while Lion is set for TIFF.

The line-up for Venice Days, a sidebar of Venice Film Festival, has been announced, with Australia’s Hounds of Love set to make its world premiere in the official competition.

The news comes just as Toronto International Film Festival announced Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, will make its gala world premiere there in September. Lion is directed by Garth Davies and produced by Angie Fielder, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, with The Weinstein Company handling international sales.

Meanwhile Hounds of Love marks the feature film debut of Ben Young and is one of 11 titles selected to compete for the Venice Days Award, which has a cash prize of €20,000.

A suspense thriller set in the 1980s, Hounds of Love follows a 17-year-old (Ashleigh Cummings) who is abducted by a disturbed couple and realises she must enter into a game of strategy if she hopes to survive.

The jury for Venice Days is made up of 28 young European film enthusiasts and will be presided over by Canadian writer, photographer and director Bruce La Bruce.

Young is not the only first-time feature film director in the line-up, which has placed an emphasis on new voices and female filmmakers.

Venice Days runs August 31-September 10.

TIFF runs from September 8-18.

Read more about Hounds of Love on Australia on Screen here and Lion here.