Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Ten Canoes

Year: 2006
Language: English, Ganalbingu,and other Australian Aboriginal languagues
Run Time: 91 minutes

Ten Canoes

In his latest film, TEN CANOES, Rolf de Heer takes us to the Australian swamplands to experience the Aboriginal oral tradition. The offscreen Storyteller invites us to watch a story like we've never seen before. One thousand years ago, in the time of the Storyteller's ancestors, the wise Minygululu, his na├»ve younger brother Dayindi, and eight other men ("too many names to remember") prepare to hunt for goose eggs. While the ancestors build canoes, in a world shot in black and white, Minygululu confronts Dayindi, who supposedly has been eyeing Minygululu's youngest wife. To help Dayindi (and perhaps us) "live the proper way," Minygululu shares the mythical fable of the brothers Ridjimiraril and Yeeralparil, set shortly after "The Beginning" in a world of vibrant color. What follows is a gripping tale of love, lust, sorcery, and revenge. In this original film about both a traditional story and traditional storytelling, de Heer once again defies all expectations. (In English, Ganalbingu,and other Australian Aboriginal languagues with English subtitles) – E.J.B.

CIFF31 Screenings

Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 6:45 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Rolf de Heer

Rolf de Heer

Rolf de Heer, Julie Ryan

Ian Jones

Tania Nehme

Principal Cast
Jamie Gulpilil

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