Australia At Cannes 2014 – What To Expect

May 13, 2014

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The 67th Festival de Cannes has announced that two Australian feature films have been invited in Official Selection at the most popular film festival in Europe.

David Michôd’s highly anticipated second feature, “The Rover,” will have its world premiere Out of Competition, and “Charlie’s Country,” from revered Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer, has been selected for Un Certain Regard.

This is David Michôd’s first invitation to the prominent film festival, for his thriller “The Rover.”

David’s well-received debut feature, “Animal Kingdom,” receiver 36 awards including the Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema: Dramatic at Sundance Film Festival, a first for an Australian film, and received a prestigious Academy Award nomination for Best Performance By an Actress in Supporting Role.

“The Rover” is set ten years after the downfall of the western economic system, when society is in decline, the rule of law has been obliterated and life is cheap. Eric, played by Guy Pearce, is a cold and angry drifter who has left everything and everyone behind. Along his danger-filled journey, he is forced into an unlikely relationship with Robert Pattinson’s character, Rey, a naďve and injured gang member.

Returning to Cannes for the fourth time, Rolf de Heer has previously received two Palme d’Or nominations, for “The Quiet Room” and “Dance Me to My Song,” and won the Special Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard for “Ten Canoes.” His long-awaited “Charlie’s Country” is the third film in Rolf’s unofficial trilogy and longstanding collaboration with Aboriginal Australian screen icon David Gulpilil, beginning with “The Tracker” in 2002 and followed by “Ten Canoes” in 2006. The story of “Charlie’s Country” centers on the character Charlie, played by David Gulpilil, who decides to make a stand following the new invasion of his Aboriginal community, only to find he still has a long way to fall.

The Australian presence will be further emphasized with attendance by Nicole Kidman for her Film “Grace of Monaco,” which is scheduled to open the festival, and Sam Holst, who has been selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence in Paris.