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Two Australian films – the new hard-core drama from Animal Kingdom director David Michod and an indigenous story from Ten Canoes director Rolf de Heer – will screen in the official selection at the iconic Cannes Film Festival.
David Michod's The Rover, which stars Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson alongside Guy Pearce, is a story of revenge and pursuit set in a dystopian future where the western economic system has collapsed and social structures and restraints have given way to lawlessness. Pearce plays a disaffected drifter who, while tracking down a gang that has stolen his car, forms an alliance with Pattinson's naïve gang member. It has been selected as one of the festival's three midnight screenings.
Rolf de Heer and David Gulpilil on the set of Charlie's Country. Photo: Matt Nettheim
Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country is the third film in his trilogy of indigenous stories made with actor David Gulpilil; it was preceded by The Tracker (2002) and Ten Canoes, which was screened as part of the edgy Un Certain Regard section of the festival in 2006 and won a special jury prize. Charlie's Country features Gulpilil as an elder who takes a stand on behalf of his community.
At a press conference in Paris on Thursday, Cannes supremo Thierry Fremaux said that 1800 films from 28 countries had been considered for the festival, which takes place over 11 days in May. New Zealand-born film-maker Jane Campion, whose film The Piano shared the festival's top prize, the Palme D'Or, in 1993, will head the jury considering 18 films in competition. A further 31 films will be shown in Un Certain Regard and out-of-competition slots.
Other hotly-awaited films on the programme announced on Thursday include cult star Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River; the Hollywood satire Map of the Stars by David Cronenberg; New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard, now 83 years old, has made a new film called Goodbye to Language; while the British left-wing veteran Ken Loach, 78, will be presenting what is billed as his last film, Jimmy's Hall, which is about an Irish political activist. Further highlights include Michel Hazanavicius's follow-up to The Artist, The Search, stars Hazanavicius's wife Berenice Bejo, and Annette Bening in a story set in Chechnya.
David Michod's film The Rover will screen as part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: Quentin Jones
The Australian presence will be further boosted by the festival's opening night film, announced last month: Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the Hollywood star who became Princess Grace. Director Olivier Dahan, who also made the Oscar-winning La Vie en Rose about Edith Piaf, has been in a well-publicised dispute with producer Harvey Weinstein over the final cut of the film. Thierry Fremaux told the press that the film would be screened at the 67th Cannes Film Festival "as the director intended".