The Rocket

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The Rocket
Australia, 2013, 96 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Environment, Family Friendly
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Lao English Sub-Titles

Awards: Berlin: Best Debut, Crystal Bear Tribeca: Audience Award, Best Feature, Best Actor

An audience favorite everywhere it plays, Australia’s submission to the Academy Awards® (a co-production with Laos and Thailand) is both a rapturous crowd-pleasing comedy and a surprisingly resonant, tough little movie about the tensions between the traditional way of life of indigenous peoples and the development imperatives of government and industry. According to Laotian tradition, 10-year-old Ahio is cursed by virtue of being born a twin – though only his mother and his grandmother know it, having covered up the death of his brother in childbirth.

When a succession of tragedies befalls his village and his family, though, his granny can’t keep it a secret any longer. Could he really be to blame for the dam project that forces them off their ancestral land? And everything else? The irrepressible Ahio refuses to believe it, but even his dad harbors doubts as the mischievous, enterprising kid keeps landing in hot water.

Only an orphaned playmate and her alcoholic uncle – a Vietnam war veteran who models himself after singer James Brown – accept the boy for who he is. But when a DIY rocket-building competition offers a chance of redemption, everyone’s trust will be pressed to the limit...

Winner: Best Debut Film, Berlin Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor, Audience Award, Tribeca; Audience Awards, AFI Fest; Melbourne, Sydney, Calgary, Naples, Leeds Film Festivals

DIRECTOR: Kim Mordaunt
Producer: Sylvia Wilczynski
Editor: Nick Meyers
Screenwriter: Kim Mordaunt
Cinematographer: Andrew Commis
Music: Caitlin Yeo
Principal Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin
Filmography: Bomb Harvest (Doc, 2007)

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