Friday, July 17

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Charlie’s Country

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David Gulpilil in CHARLIE'S COUNTRY • Exclusive Area Premiere July 17–19

Exclusive Area Premiere July 17–19!

(2013) dir Rolf de Heer w/David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford [108 min; DCP]
Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie 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.

A tour-de-force performance by the great David Gulpilil (Walkabout, The Last Wave, Rabbit-Proof Fence) anchors this stirring film. A longtime compatriot of Gulpilil, director Rolf de Heer worked with his friend (after a troubled period during which Gulpilil ended up in prison) to create the screenplay through improvisation, interview, and discovery. Troubled both within and without, Charlie is a character at odds with white society but uncomfortable in the traditional community he is meant to live in. Charlie’s story is partly David’s story but it is also the story of the Aborigine experience in contemporary Australia.

“A work of humane and tender genius.” – Rowan Righelato, The Guardian

“Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama’s stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humor and even joy.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“The film gets some of its power from the fact that Charlie’s story tracks pretty closely with that of the actor playing him. But just some of its power.” – Bob Mondello, NPR


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Friday 7/17
at 2:30 4:45 7:00
Saturday 7/18
at 2:30 4:45 7:00
Sunday 7/19
at 2:30 4:45 7:00

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