Fans of Australian cinema have much to be proud of with the Cannes Film Festival. Charlie’s Country joins The Rover as a pair of Australian films making a splash on the Croisette this May. In articles celebrating the honor for both films, The Rover producer, Liz Watts, had some great things to say about the debut of a David Michôd film at Cannes.
Excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter:
David Michod will makes his Cannes debut in a special midnight screening of his post-apocalyptic thriller, The Rover.
Michod’s The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, has been given a prestigious midnight screening slot.
Producer Liz Watts said, “David and everyone involved with The Rover are thrilled by its world premiere at the highly prestigious Cannes Film Festival – it’s truly an honor to screen there, and a wonderful start to the movie’s journey to audiences all over the world.”
The Rover is set ten years after the downfall of the western economic system, when society is in decline, the rule of law has disintegrated and life is cheap. Eric (Pearce) is a cold and angry drifter who has left everything and everyone behind. When his car is stolen by a gang of desperate desert hustlers, Eric embarks on a ruthless mission to track them down. Along the way he is forced into an unlikely relationship with Rey (Pattinson), a naive and injured gang member.
Following its world premiere at Cannes, The Rover will be released in Australia through Roadshow Films on June 12. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
Both films were made with funding from national agency Screen Australia.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said, “This is an honor for two remarkable Australian filmmakers – a veteran and a tremendous next generation storyteller. It is wonderful to see both being celebrated by one of the leading film festivals of the world, Cannes, and well-deserved recognition to both.”
Excerpt from Newsmaker.com.au:
Writer, producer, and director David Michôd will be joined by The Rover lead cast including Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, along with producers Liz Watts and David Linde.
We CAN. NOT. WAIT.