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The Hunter

A bio-tech company based in Germany sends professional hunter Martin David down under to hunt down and kill the last Tasmanian tiger in existence. The species has been declared extinct, but its DNA contains a gene that could be extremely profitable for the pharmaceutical industry. In Tasmania, Martin gets in the middle of a conflict between lumberjacks and environmentalists, which brings him unwanted attention. When he then conspicuously consorts with a biologist whose husband has disappeared in the bush, and her two children, Martin’s bosses start to worry about keeping the mission secret. The hunter becomes the hunted … Against an impressive natural backdrop, Willem Dafoe proves that he is capable of carrying a film on his own, even in a role where he doesn’t speak for long stretches. Playing a modern-day trapper completely on his own, he seems to become one with the Tasmanian wilderness. In this pro-environmental thriller, he masters every physical demand. But beyond that, he gives a vivid portrayal of the moral dimension of a character for whom the confrontation with the natural world – and its economic exploitation – becomes an existential challenge.

Australia 2011

English

101 min · Colour · 2K DCP

Rating R12

With

Willem Dafoe
Frances O’Connor
Sam Neill
Morgana Davies
Finn Woodlock
Jacek Koman
Callan Mulvey
John Brumpton

Crew

Director
Daniel Nettheim
Screenplay
Alice Addison, based on the novel by Julia Leigh
Director of Photography
Robert Humphreys
Editing
Roland Gallois
Music
Andrew Lancaster, Michael Lira, Matteo Zingales
Sound
Liam Egan
Production Design
Steven Jones-Evans
Art Director
Amanda Sallybanks
Costumes
Emily Seresin
Make-up
Chiara Tripodi
Producer
Vincent Sheehan

Produced by

Porchlight Films Ltd.

Dates

  • 200011
    Code for ticket purchase at counter
    Tue Feb 20 22:00
    Berlinale Palast (G)
    Honorary Golden Bear Award Ceremony for Willem Dafoe
  • 240381
    Code for ticket purchase at counter
    Sat Feb 24 19:00
    Zeughauskino (G)

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