The Australian Embassy in Paris
and Cinema des Antipodes
invite you to a special
“Avant-premiere” screening of
MYSTERY ROAD by Ivan Sen
Thursday 10 July 2014
19H30 :Welcome drinks
20H15 : Projection
4 rue Jean Rey - 75015 Paris
RSVP by email : email@example.com
The theme of the 2014 NAIDOC*week honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of Australia. We are delightedthat Major Stephen Ward, Australian Defence Force will join us to address the contribution of Indigenous Australian service men and women.
Australia / 2013 / 118 min / Blu-Ray / couleur
Original Version with French Subtitle / Sous-titré Français
Director & Script : Ivan Sen
Editing, Cinematography, Music : Ivan Sen
Production : David Jowsey Interprétation : Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling,
Daniel Roberts, Roy Billing, Tony Barry...
Sélection Officielle, Festival de Sydney 2013, Festival de Toronto 2013, Festival des Antipodes 2013, festival de Fribourg 2014
Jay Swan has recently returned to his outback hometown to take up his posting as a Detective with the local police force. Jay is assigned his first major case to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage Aboriginal girl. Her body is discovered in a drainpipe under the main trucking highway out of town. Jay's early investigations are hampered by a lack of trust from the Aboriginal community. He grew up as a local Aboriginal lad, but he left and went to the city to become a Detective. He has recently returned to his troubled hometown with worthy intentions to help his people. However as a Cop, he finds himself ostracized from the community as he struggles to follow the trail left by the victim. Jay's search for clues is also hindered when he questions some of the local White people about the crime. He is a cop caught between two worlds.
Jay Swan, un policier aborigène, revient dans la petite ville de l’outback où il a grandi pour prendre ses fonctions au sein des forces de police locales.Pour sa première affaire, il doit enquêter sur le meurtre d’une adolescente aborigène dont le cadavre est retrouvé dans un drain sous la grand-route. Jay se trouve confronté à la condescendance de ses collègues, au refus de coopérer de la population locale et au racisme latent. Il se heurte également à la méfiance de la communauté aborigène dont il s’est volontairement éloigné pour étudier à la ville et devenir inspecteur. C’est un policier tiraillé entre deux mondes.
Ivan Sen : Multi talent, il est réalisateur, scénariste, monteur, musicien. Il a réalisé de nombreux courts métrages (« Dust », « Wind », « Tears ») et documentaires (« Vanish », « Shifting Shelter , « Yellow Fella » (Un Certain Regard, 2005)). En 2002 Il réalise « Beneath Clouds » , primé au Festival de Berlin puis « Dreamland », « Toomelah » (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2011). En 2012 il a reçu le prestigieux Prix Byron Kennedy lors de la cérémonie des AACTA (Australia Academy of Cinema, Television and Arts)
Review :Writer-director-lenser-editor-composer Ivan Sen’s “Mystery Road” is an impressively crafted, immensely satisfying contempo thriller that astutely grafts Western and film-noir elements onto the hot-button issue of tensions between indigenous and European Australians. Holding the narrative tightly together is Sen’s superb script — his fourth produced dramatic feature and first genre exercise.
Rich in imaginative metaphor and brooding symbolism, the film incorporates such disparate elements as the growing threat of wild dogs in the region, the God’s-eye shots of Swan navigating the town’s roads and even the dusty red dirt that coats everything in the outback, creating an atmosphere of brooding menace and moral rot.
A la “Chinatown” (at times Swan reminds of J.J. Gittes), the physical location Mystery Road is a place of metaphorical destiny where something transformative happens. In this case, the titular outlying trail is the site of a visceral, nearly wordless and spectacularly choreographed 15-minute gun battle, pitting hero against miscreants known and unknown. One need only register the race of the last man standing to figure out Sen’s views on the fate of his protag — and, by extension, indigenous peoples in general.
Pedersen’s laconic delivery fronts a distinguished lineup of Aussie character talent that includes Weaving at his most malevolent, Bruce Spence as the philosophical town coroner, David Field as a particularly contemptuous resident and Jack Thompson as an aging local recluse with a key piece of information.
Tech package is aces down the line, highlighted by Sen’s widescreen 5k lensing on the Red Epic camera and some particularly complex sound work, which emphasizes the determined clonk of Swan’s cowboy boots, the cacophony of gunplay echoing off buttes, and the whisper of the eternal outback wind.