Shot entirely in French Guyana, Rolf de Heer’s The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is a whimsical parable starring Richard Dreyfuss, Hugo Weaving, Timothy Spall and British TV actress Cathy Tyson. It is based on a novel written by Chilean-born, German-based writer-director Luis Sepulveda, perhaps one of the world’s most widely read Latin American writers.
Rolf de Heer was born in Holland but came to Australia when he was eight. He has written, produced and directed films for 20 years and is considered one of Australia’s auteurs. No stranger to controversy or odd films, de Heer has never shied away from a difficult project and The Old Man Who Read Love Stories, made in 2001, before The Tracker and Alexandra’s Project, was the doozey of them all. It is entirely different from all his other films and perhaps his best to date. Long delayed by foreign production deals, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is finally being released in Australia this month.