Neala Johnson, The Daily Telegraph, reports
One of the classiest and oldest film festivals in the world, Venice, will this year get a good old-fashioned dose of Aussie splatter.
Horror movie Wolf Creek 2 will have its world premiere at the Italian festival, which runs from August 28-September 7.
The film revives John Jarratt's iconic role as sadistic pig-shooter Mick Taylor, letting him loose on unsuspecting backpackers for another outback killing spree.
Director Greg Mclean today called the premiere a "great way to experience how this very Australian movie plays to a global audience. My hope is it will be embraced for being every bit as entertaining, controversial and compelling as the first movie".
In a statement, Jarratt added, "It's very rare for a film festival to accept a sequel, unless it's exceptionally high quality. This is a wonderful endorsement of our great film."
Wolf Creek 2 will be shown in Venice's Midnight program, which has previously played host to the likes of Robert Rodriguez's shoot-'em-up slasher Machete.
It will not be alone in showing a darker side at Venice. Festival director Alberto Barbera has said this year's program "reflects the crises we are going through ... sexual abuse, violence against women, the break-down of family ties, inadequate parents, the crisis of values ... filmmakers are not giving any signs of optimism or a way out''.
Venice will play host to three other Australian films. Tracks (about a journey across the centre of Australia, starring Mia Wasikowska), will screen in competition. Low-budget drama Ruin will feature in a competition for rising talents and documentary Ukraine is Not a Brothel will screen out of competition.
Another Australian film set to premiere overseas is Felony, a crime drama written by and starring Joel Edgerton. Co-starring Jai Courtney and Melissa George, it will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 5-15.
Wolf Creek 2 opens in Australia on February 20.