David Gulpilil has taken out the best actor prize in the Un Certain Regard awards, for his role in Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country.
The award was announced at the close of the Un Certain Regard program this evening.
Gulpilil co-wrote Charlie's Country with de Heer. He plays Blackfella Charlie, a man growing increasingly disillusioned with the changes happening in his remote community. He heads to the bush to live like his elders but his action set in motion a chain of events that bring him back into contact with his community.
As reported at the time, the film's Cannes premiere garnered positive reviews, in particular Gulpilil's performance.
In other awards for Un Certain Regard (the 'highly regarded' offshoot of the Official Competition), the best film prize went to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczo for White God (Feher Isten). The film is a racial parable about a domestic dog that becomes separated from his 12 year-old owner, is mistreated and thrust into a dogfighting ring, before wreaking havoc across the city.
The Jury Prize went to Swedish film Force Majeure (Turist), Ruben Ostlund’s story of a family on holiday at a ski resort whose dynamic is forever changed in the wake of an avalanche.
The Un Certain Regard Special Prize went to The Salt of the Earth, a documentary from Cannes veteran Wim Wenders - who won the Palme d’Or for Paris, Texas in 1984. The film, about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, was co-directed by his son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.
The ensemble team of directors behind in Party Girl, which opened Un Certain Regard, won the directing prize for their film.
The jury was led by Argentinian director Pablo Trapero and comprised Criterion Collection president Peter Becker, Scandinavian actress Maria Bonnevie, French actress Géraldine Pailhas and director Moussa Touré from Sénégal.
The winners of the Cannes Film Festival's Official Competition prizes, including the prestigious Palme d'Or, will be announced at the Closing Ceremony tomorrow night, French time.
Charlie's Country will be released in Australia through eOne Entertainment on July 17.