On the red carpet
|Ros Mony (left) and Sang Malen before their departure for Venice|
The press release to accompany the film tells us more:
RUIN is an impressionistic fable - the story of Phirun (Ros Mony) and Sovanna (Malen) - two 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. Executive Producer of Ruin is Kulikar Sotho of Cambodia’s Hanuman Films. Ruin is its first co-production. Lead actor Ros Mony had a small role in Wish You Were Here, on which Cody worked as the line producer in Cambodia. Lead actress Malen is a circus contortionist discovered by the filmmakers in Phnom Penh. Amiel Courtin-Wilson said: “To be selected for the 70th Anniversary of the oldest film festival in the world is an absolute honour - especially with such an uncompromising film.” Michael Cody said: “It's an absolute delight to have Ruin selected for such a prestigious festival, and particularly exciting given that it's the first Khmer language film ever to screen at Venice.”
Postscript: You can see images of the two actors and the film's directors on the Venice red carpet at Gettyimages.