Oscars: Australia Selects 'Charlie's Country' for Foreign-Language Category

'Charlie's Country,' Rolf de Heer (Un Certain Regard)
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Dutch director Rolf de Heer continues his exploration of Australian Aboriginal culture with star and muse David Gulpilil in this new feature. It marks de Heer’s fourth trip to Cannes, following Ten Canoes, which won a special jury prize for Un Certain Regard in 2006, and the helmer’s two competition entries, Dance Me to My Song (1998) and The Quiet Room (1996). (Sales: Visit Films)

Rolf de Heer's powerful drama is based partly on the life of aboriginal actor David Gulpilil

Australia has chosen Charlie's Country as its candidate for the best foreign-language category at the 2015 Oscars, Screen Australia announced Wednesday. 

Charlie's Country is a semi-autobiographical tale of Charlie (David Gulpilil) who, faced with renewed threats to the aboriginal community he lives in, heads into the bush, the vast Australian interior, where he returns to the old ways of his ancestors. 

The film was co-developed, written, produced and directed by Rolf de Heer, with Gulpilil also instrumental in developing the film. 

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Charlie’s Country made its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Gulpilil received the respected Un Certain Regard Best Actor Award. The film has screened at 13 film festivals so far, including Toronto, and is currently invited to screen at 21 more.

If Charlie's Country were to be nominated, it would be the first Australian film to make the shortlist for the best foreign-language category at the Oscars. 

Oct. 2, 11:29 a.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of festivals Charlie's Country is invited to. THR regrets the error.