The 67th Festival de Cannes has announced that two Australian feature films have been invited in Official Selection at the prestigious film festival next month. 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.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said, “This is an honour for two remarkable Australian filmmakers – a veteran and a tremendous next generation storyteller. It is wonderful to see both being celebrated by one of the leading film festivals of the world, Cannes, and well-deserved recognition to both.”
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, received 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 a Supporting Role (Jacki Weaver).
The Rover producer Liz Watts said, “David and everyone involved with The Rover are thrilled by its world premiere at the highly prestigious Cannes Film Festival – it’s truly an honour to screen there, and a wonderful start to the movie's journey to audiences all over the world.”
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. Charlie’s Country is the long-awaited third film in Rolf’s unofficial trilogy and longstanding collaboration with Aboriginal Australian screen iconDavid Gulpilil, beginning with The Tracker in 2002 and followed by Ten Canoes in 2006.
Rolf said of his return to the festival, “As a great celebration of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival has historically been a wonderful launching pad into the world market for films I've directed. I'm consequently very pleased that Charlie's Country has been selected, because it means the film will be seen.”