Charlie's Country

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Australia | 2014 | 108 minutes | Rolf de Heer

June 12 - 18, 2015

SIFF Film Center | Exclusive Presentation.
The great Australian actor David Gulpilil (Walkabout, Ten Canoes) won the Cannes Best Actor prize for his majestic performance in this semi-autobiographical drama about an aged Aborigine who journeys into the Outback to live in the traditional ways of his ancestors.

Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil made his screen debut in Nic Roeg’s Walkabout at the age of 16. Since then, he has limned indelible characters in numerous films. Now 60, the actor has teamed with director Rolf de Heer for a third time (after 2002’s The Tracker and 2006’s Ten Canoes) to co-write and star in a hypnotically beautiful film that parallels his own life.

Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up when his gun, his newly crafted spear and his best friend’s jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way. However, Charlie hasn’t reckoned on where he might end up, nor on how much life has changed since the old ways.

"Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama's stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humor and even joy." – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

  • Director: Rolf de Heer
  • Principal Cast: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Jennifer Budukpuduk Gaykamangu, Luke Ford, Peter Minygululu
  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2014 (Foreign Language Film), Cannes Film Festival 2014 (Un Certain Regard Best Actor), Australian Academy Awards 2015 (Best Actor)
  • Language: English, Yolngu
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Visit Films