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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

December 12, 2016

Ten Canoes

Film still: Ten Canoes Film still: Ten Canoes
Special Jury Prize
Cannes Film Fest
Best Film
Best Direction
+4 other awards
Australian Film
"By 20 minutes into Ten Canoes, [Rolf] de Heer and [David] Gulpilil...have established the kind of 'wizened storyteller tells a tale' tone designed to have viewers leaning in to hear more"
  —AV Club
"Any notion that this is 'high' or 'low' art can be quickly dispelled; this is quintessentially a film about people and storytelling"
  —The Guardian

The most wonderful, warm, funny, surprising, and unusual film (maybe ever) is this brilliant feature by Australia's most under-appreciated filmmaker, Rolf de Heer. Ten Canoes is the first full-length feature made entirely in indigenous Australian languages. The plot, which takes surprising twists and turns, loosely follows a tribe's annual egg hunt, but along the way they encounter warring tribes, sorcery, misunderstanding, and plenty of bawdy humor.

Why see it: it's unlike any other film you've ever seen—a whole new way of telling a story, yet steeped in ancient traditions, and respectful of the indigenous people who make up the cast.

Who made it: Rolf de Heer is perhaps best known for his riveting drama, The Tracker, but his body of work ranges from the taut psychological drama Alexandra's Project, to the astonishing internalization of a young girl who refuses to speak, Quiet Room, to his recent work with Australia's indigenous people, including Charlie's Country and Twelve Canoes.

Directed by Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2006, 92 min. In Yolngu Matha and English.

Drinks before, conversation and discussion after. For Facets' members and their guests only.


  • Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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