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BROKEN LINES to premiere at Venice

AX1 Films is delighted to announce that the company’s recent production, BROKEN LINES will receive its world premiere at Venice-Days (28th August – 6th September 2008). It joins a prestigious line-up of just eleven films and, as a first feature, it will also compete for the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Award, along with other debut films in the Venice International Film Festival's main sections.

Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days) is modelled after the independent spirit of the Directors’ Fortnight Section at Cannes and runs parallel to the Venice International Film Festival as Directors’ Fortnight does with the Cannes International Film Festival. It is directed for the third consecutive year by Fabio Ferzetti.

BROKEN LINES stars Paul Bettany, Olivia Williams, Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa.

Jake (Dan Fredenburgh) is a young man of Jewish origins who has done very well for himself. From humble beginnings in London’s Finsbury Park area he is now working for a successful property development company, and lives with his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Williams) in a wealthy suburban house which her father bought for them. Apprehensive about his impending wedding to Zoe, Jake's privileged and ordered lifestyle is thrown into disarray following the death of his father. Soon after, he meets B (Doraly Rosa), a waitress working at a café near his father's old workplace. His desire for her overtakes all other concerns, even the anger he feels towards his mother and her past infidelity, which he believes may have contributed to his father's unhappiness towards the end of his life. For B, Jake is an escape from the burdens of looking after Chester (Paul Bettany), her boyfriend, who suffered a debilitating stroke following a boxing match. Realizing the anguish they will cause, Jake and B nevertheless embark on an affair, accepting that change, though painful for some, is also sometimes unavoidable.

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