World Cinema – Feature
Laos / 2013 / 96 min / Laotian w/English sub-titles
Laos: A boy (Ahlo, 10), 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 (9) and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father's trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. But bad luck seems to follow Ahlo, and in a last plea to prove he's not cursed, Ahlo desperately feels the need to prove himself to his family, village and himself.
In one of the fest’s sweetest films, filled with comedy, history humanity (as well as a lack of humanity)...THE ROCKET is a treasure eliciting laughter, chills and applause.
Screenwriter: Kim Mordaunt / Producer: Sylvia Wilczynski / Editor: Nick Meyers / Associate Producer: Pauline Phayvanh Phoumindr / Cinematographer: Andrew Commis / Executive Producer: Bridget Ikin, Michael Wrenn, Triphet Rookachat / Composer: Caitlin Yeo / Principal Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong / Contact: Jason Leaf at Kino Lorber firstname.lastname@example.org
THE DIRECTOR: KIM MORDAUNT is a graduate of the University of Technology Sydney and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has lived and worked throughout Southeast Asia. His latest film, the documentary feature Bomb Harvest, screened at over twenty international festivals to wide acclaim. The Rocket is his fiction feature debut.
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