Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country premiered at the Cannes Film Festival today in the Un Certain Regard section of the official program, to an enthusiastic response from the international critics.
The film is the third collaboration between de Heer and Gulpilil after The Tracker and Ten Canoes, and is their most personal in the trilogy. The two share a screenwriting credit for the story that looks at the consequences of interventionist policies on a wily man from Arnhem Land.
A sample of early reviews for Charlie’s Country:
“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 [sic] and even joy.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“One of the most special films at Cannes” – Variety