Rolf de Heer: to Represent Australia

An aboringal man smiling David Gulpilil in Rolf de Heer's 'Charlie's Country'

Oct 1 2014

Award-winning filmmaker, and AFTRS Directing alumnus, Rolf de Heer has been selected as the Australian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Academy Awards® for Charlie's Country. Huge congratulations to Rolf and his longtime creative collaborator David Gulpilil.

Charlie's Country, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where David Gulpilil received the coveted Un Certain Regard Award for Best Actor. The film was released in Australia shortly after and has since gone on to to screen at numerous festivals around the world. It  has been described as a 'valedictory tribute' to the greatest Indigenous actor of our generation.

The third of in a trilogy of films about the Indigenous experience, Charlies Country follows The Tracker and Ten Canoes. Gulpilil starred in the first and was the narrator of the second. All three are bold, ambitious and unique screen stories from a filmmaker at the top of his craft.

To be eligible for consideration for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award®, a film must feature predominantly non-English dialogue, and have been released in its country of origin for at least seven days.

Each country can submit one film for nomination consideration. The Rocket was Australia’s official entry in 2013 and Lore, by AFTRS Directing alumnus Cate Shortland was the 2012 selection.

The 87th Academy Award® nominations will be announced on 15 January 2015, with the awards presented on 22 February 2015.

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