Australian director David Michôd's ("Animal Kingdom") much-anticipated crime drama "The Rover" will premiere out of competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, but before then, here's an exclusive clip featuring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.
In the scene we see an intimate and angry conversation between the Pearce character, who seeks revenge from a group of dangerous criminals after they steal his last possession, and Pattinson, one of the criminals left behind after being shot.
In addition to the clip, Michôd also gave an exclusive statement to Indiewire. Check them both out below. A24 opens "The Rover" June 13.
The world of the movie, as such, mirrors the American and Australian gold rushes of the 19th century. People are drawn to the land's mines and with them come the leeches, the refuse, the hustlers and criminals who hope to exploit the mines’ margins.
This isn't a complete collapse of society - it's an inversion of present-day global power dynamics. This is Australia as resource-rich Third World country. This is the violence and unrest of contemporary Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
And at the centre of this world are two men - one, a murderously embittered Australian man, a former soldier who has lost his farm and his family; the other, a simple and naive American boy, too young to remember a time when things were anything other than what they are."
"The Australian Outback of The Rover is a world ten years after a great Western economic collapse. It’s a near future of social and economic decay. Services, utilities, law and order have fallen into dangerous disrepair. And yet people from all corners of the world have come to this place to work the mines that feed the new world alignment, that feed the great powerhouses of this, the Asian century.