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The Rocket
 
 

Directed by Kim Mordaunt, Australia / Laos 2013
96 mins. Lao dialogue with English sub-titles

WINNER : CRYSTAL BEAR AT 2013 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

 
Summary:
 
A ten year old boy (Ahlo) who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple; an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to keep his father's trust, Ahlo leads his family through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to try and prove he is not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year - the Rocket Festival.
 
What the Critics say:
 
The "stunning location of Laos ... provides an enthralling and evocative backdrop for writer/director Kim Mordaunt's engaging and bruising coming-of-age story."  (Mark Adams - Screen International)

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