Australia takes 'Samson' to Oscars
Camera D'or winner shot mostly in WarlpiriSYDNEY -- Warwick Thornton’s indigenous love story, “Samson and Delilah” is Australia’s official entry into the best foreign language film category for the 82nd Academy Awards, Screen Australia said Tuesday.
“Samson and Delilah,” shot predominantly in the Aboriginal language Warlpiri, beat out Jonathan auf der Heide’s “Van Dieman’s Land,” largely spoken in Gaelic, for the nomination. The film has already received both critical and audience acclaim. As well as winning Warwick Thornton the Camera D’or at the Cannes Film Festival this year, it’s currently the top ranking local film at the Australian boxoffice, having taken AUS$3.17 million ($2.7 million) to date.
It’s the second time in two years that an Aboriginal language film has been entered into the foreign language category at the Oscars. Rolf De Heer’s “Ten Canoes” was shortlisted in 2007.