The Survival of Kindness

Das Überleben der Freundlichkeit

64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Guided by a black woman, escaping death and her cell, situated at the heart of the desert, choosing to move towards life (or whatever goodness remains of it), Rolf de Heer invites us on an allegorical journey to the end of the world. It’s a phantasmagorical and undeniably unique experience, far removed from any eschatological counterpart we’ve witnessed on the big screen. The anonymous heroine-symbol will move forward with empathy for the vulnerable and contempt for the powerful who continue to share the spoils of a ravaged planet. As for the veteran director hailing from Australia, he surpasses himself and his recurring thematic starting point (racism against Aboriginal people) with a film that is universal, symbolically profound, and keenly attuned to the incomparable grandeur of Nature in the face of humanity's self-destructive shortsightedness. It culminates in a finale that promises to divide the audience.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Rolf de Heer
Script: Rolf de Heer
Cinematography: Maxx Corkindale
Editing: Isaac Coen Lindsay
Sound: Adam Dixon-Galea, Tom Heuzenroeder
Music: Anna Liebzeit
Actors: Mwajemi Hussein, Deepthi Sharma, Darsan Sharma
Production: Triptych Pictures, Vertigo Productions
Producers: Julie Byrne, Rolf de Heer
Co-producers: Ari Harrison
Costumes: Ellen Baldock
Production Design: Maya Coombs
Executive producer: Domenico Procacci, Bryce Menzies, Sue Murray, Molly Reynolds
Make Up: Ellen Baldock
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Australia
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 96'
Distribution in Greece: Ama Films
Contact: Fandango
Awards/Distinctions: FIPRESCI Prize - Berlin International Film Festival (2023), Special Mention - FEST International Film Festival (2023)

Rolf de Heer

Australian film director Rolf de Heer was born in Holland, spent some his childhood in Indonesia and after returning to Holland, emigrated with his family to Australia as an eight-year-old. He attended the Australian Film and Television School (now AFTRS) in the three-year fulltime course, graduating in 1980. Since then he has directed fifteen feature films, writing eleven of them and cowriting another three. He generally produces the films he directs. Rolf has also co-written and/or co-produced a number of feature documentaries, including The Balanda and the Bark Canoes, Twelve Canoes, Still Our Country, Another Country, My Name Is Gulpilil, and A Portrait of Love (currently in post-production).


1984 Tale of a Tiger
1988 Incident at Raven’s Gate
1996 The Quiet Room
1998 Dance Me to My Song
2001 The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
2003 Alexandra's Project
2007 Dr. Plonk
2013 Charlie's Country
2022 The Survival of Kindness