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Year: 2006

Classification: M

Runtime: 92 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Rolf De Heer, Peter Djigirr

Language: Djambarrpuyngu with english subtitles


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A parable of forbidden love from Australia's mythical past, narrated by Australian icon David Gulpilil and starring his son Jamie as the covetous youth Dayindi, TEN CANOES is a ground-breaking glimpse into aboriginal life centuries before European settlement. Shot in and around the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, Rolf de Heer and the People of Ramingining have created a pioneering and timeless tale for all people and all cultures.

"Ahh, you gotta see this story of mine cause it'll make you laugh, even if you're not a blackfella. Might cry a bit too eh? But then you laugh some more...coz this story is a big true story of my people. True thing …"

"The most ground breaking Australian film to date." - Rolling Stone.

"Rolf de Heer has done something very special here ... it's hilarious and deeply human." - Nicola Harrison, ABC radio, Nightlife.

"From its first frames, Ten Canoes announces itself as a film like no other." - Time Magazine.

"Magnificent" - David Stratton, Weekend Australian.

  • Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, 2006 Cannes Film Festival
  • AFI Award winner 2006:

Best film
Best direction
Best original screenplay
Best cinematography
Best Editing
Best sound

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