Critics Award 2018
by Warwick Thornton
The ALPC - Association Luxembourgeoise de la Presse Cinématographique dedicated the CRITICS AWARD to SWEET COUNTRY by Warwick Thornton. Jury members FRANCE CLARINVAL, ISABELLE DEBUCHY and RAUL REIS issued the following statement:
“The Press Jury of the Association Luxembourgeoise de la Presse Cinématographique has chosen to award SWEET COUNTRY by Warwick Thornton. We would like to praise a strong film with a universal message, despite being rooted in a very particular story and geographical location.
We would like to stress the cleverness of the editing that adds to the efficient narrative, the quality of the actors and especially the performance of Hamilton Morris in the role of Sam, the beauty of the images that transforms the Australian landscapes and the perfect illustration of the subject – the hierarchy of power and authority – present in several films of the Official Competition.
Violence, particularly against women, often as a consequence of boredom, was very present in the selection, a grim reflection of the current state of our world.
Finally, the Press Jury of the ALPC would like to stress the overall quality of the actors in the selected films. Many of them are carrying the entire weight of difficult films and roles.”
Photo: Sweet Country © Mark Rogers