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'The Road' screens at Venice festival

AUTHOR Cormac McCarthy's haunting vision of a desolate, post-apocalyptic world in "The Road" has made it to the big screen in an equally bleak film, starring Viggo Mortensen as a father struggling to keep his son alive.
The movie, directed by Australian John Hillcoat, seeks to recreate the barren, rain-drenched landscapes, anarchic violence and overriding despair of the award-winning book.
Hillcoat believes the father-son relationship at the center of the story, and the fact the boy learns to trust others, means the book and film are more optimistic than they may appear.
"He (McCarthy) explained to me that for him 'Blood Meridian' was very much about the worst in human nature and this book (The Road) for him is very much about the absolute best," Hillcoat said at the Venice film festival, where his movie is in the main competition.


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