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Run Time: 113 minutes
In Australia’s Northern Territories, the 1920s were a time of intense hardships and hatreds. When Sam Kelly, an Aboriginal farmhand, shoots a drunken white man in self-defense, he knows the facts will not matter and he will be hung for the crime. Fleeing with his wife, who unbeknownst to him was raped by the man he shot, Sam heads into the wilderness to evade capture. A posse heads off after them, led by an obsessive sergeant who is the settlement’s only law. While they flee deeper into unforgiving country, Sam discovers his wife is pregnant. She won’t survive this land in her condition. Sam must make a dreadful choice: risk his wife’s life or return her and place his fate in the hands of white man’s justice. SWEET COUNTRY powerfully evokes the harsh landscape and even harsher prejudices of an evolving nation. Will Sam receive a real trial or will justice come only as a quick and merciful death? The stunning answer lies in SWEET COUNTRY. —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 4:15 PM
International Narrative Competition
Warwick Thornton was born and raised in Alice Springs, Australia. He graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and began his career making short films, which were screened at film festivals around the world. His debut feature “Samson and Delilah” won the Caméra d’Or at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. SWEET COUNTRY has won numerous awards including the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
Samson & Delilah (2009), The Darkside (2013), We Don't Need a Map (2017), SWEET COUNTRY (2017)
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