Although the village community mainly consists of aboriginal residents, the laws are nevertheless established by the Australian government. When aging Charlie is hungry and wants to hunt something, a police officer takes away his spear, and when he feels like drinking some grog with his friends, he has to leave his native region, where alcohol is prohibited. In the end, as a result of constant malnutrition, his low social status, and cultural domination by white people, he decides to return to the bush, where he is quickly convinced that he can no longer meet the demands of life in nature. Director Rolf de Heer (Alexandra’s Project, Ten Canoes, Dr. Plonk), no stranger to New Horizons audiences, and with no unnecessary moralizing, he shows us the current situation of Australia’s Aborigines, who, unable to adapt to new conditions in life, are being pushed to the margins of society. At the same time, he tells a simple, touching story about a good-natured man who, with the arrival of civilization, became a foreigner in his own country.
Cannes IFF 2014 - Un Certain Regard Award - Best Actor (David Gulpilil)
Rolf de Heer was born in 1951 in Heemskerk, the Netherlands. When he was 8 years old, he moved to Sydney with his family, where, years later, he began his studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. His films have won numerous awards at international festivals, including in Cannes (Un Certain Regard – Special Jury Prize for Ten Canoes (2006)) and Venice (FIPRESCI for Bad Boy Bubby (1993) and a SIGNIS Award - Honorable Mention for The Tracker (2002)). He is one of the co-owners of the film studio Vertigo Productions.
1993 Bad Boy Bubby
1998 Zatańcz ze mną / Dance Me to My Song
2003 Tajemnica Aleksandry / Alexandra’s Project
2006 Dziesięć czółen / Ten Canoes
2007 Dr Plonk / Dr. Plonk