[Press release from Cleveland Cinemas.]
Director Rolf de Heer’s films have received international acclaim, including prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as praise from Cleveland audiences when his works have been featured in the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). In fact, de Heer was honored at the 31st annual CIFF with a Director’s Spotlight series highlighting some of his greatest works to date at that time.
De Heer’s latest film, CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, will be opening on Friday, June 5th at the Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland) for an exclusive engagement.
De Heer will be at the Capitol Theatre to participate in a post-screening Q&A following the 7:10 PM showing of CHARLIE’S COUNTRY on Monday, June 8th. Bill Guentzler, Artistic Director for the Cleveland International Film Festival, will moderate and host the Q&A.
CHARLIE’S COUNTRY tells the story of Charlie (David Gulpilil), a man living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia. He is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up when his gun, his newly crafted spear and his best friend’s jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way. However Charlie hasn’t reckoned on where he might end up, nor on how much life has changed since the old ways...
Star David Gulpilil received the Best Actor Award - Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and also co-wrote the film’s screenplay with de Heer.
Admission is $6.00 for the Q&A showing on Monday, June 8th due to Cleveland Cinemas' Bargain Monday policy. Regular admission to shows other than Monday are $9.50 for adults after 6:00 PM, $6.50 for seniors. Matinee tickets Friday to Sunday are $6.75 and $6.00 Monday to Thursday. Tickets can be purchased at the theatre box office or online at clevelandcinemas.com.
About Rolf de Heer:
Director Rolf de Heer has been making feature films for thirty years, and in that time he's managed to complete fourteen of them (there are numbers of others that haven't been completed, one way or the other). The films are usually low of budget but high in impact. They generally have something to say about the human condition. More often than not, each succeeding film is quite different from the previous.
With these fourteen films, Rolf has had a great measure of success...four different films in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival (including the Jury Prize for Ten Canoes in Un Certain Regard); two films in Competition at the Venice Film Festival (including Bad Boy Bubby, which won both the Jury Prize and the Critics' Prize there); films selected for Berlin, Toronto, Telluride, London and, of course, Cleveland.