EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has come on board to handle world sales excluding Australia, New Zealand and Italy on the Un Certain Regard selection.
Charlie’s Country marks the fourth film by Rolf de Heer to premiere in official selection at Cannes after competition contenders The Quiet Room in 1996 and Dance Me To My Song in 1998 and UCR 2006 special jury prize winner entry Ten Canoes.
de Heer and David Gulpilil co-wrote Charlie’s Country, about an Aboriginal warrior torn between his community’s traditional way of life and his new modern existence.
Gulpilil, whose credits include Australia, Rabbit-Proof Fence and Crocodile Dundee, plays the protagonist who heads into the wild to live life the old way after his gun, spear and best friend’s jeep are confiscated.
Charlie’s Country also stars Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford and Gary Sweet. Nils Erik Nielsen, Djigirr and de Heer produced.
The Vertigo Productions and Bula’Bula Arts Aboriginal Corporation coproduction is presented by Screen Australia and Domenico Procacci and produced in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Adelaide Film Festival.
Meanwhile David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, which Visit also represents after previously selling Mitchell’s The Myth Of The American Sleepover, will screen in Critics’ Week.
The film centres on a 19-year-old girl who experiences a strange sexual encounter and is subsequently plagued by disturbing visions and the belief that she is being followed.
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe star. Northern Lights Films and Animal Kingdom financed the film and Rebecca Green, Laura D Smith, David Robert Mitchell, David Kaplan and Erik Rommesmo produced.
Frederick W Green, Joshua Astrachan, Jeff Schlossman, Bill Wallwork, P Jennifer Dana, Alan Pao and Mia Chang served as executive producers.
The Myth Of The American Sleepover debuted at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2011 and was released by IFC Films in North America.