ASIAN FILM - Article
17:00 - 6th April 2014, by NEO Staff

The Rocket

Australian filmmaker Kim Mordaunt's 2007 documentary Bomb Harvest looked at the lives of children in Laos - the most bombed country in the world per capita - who collect and sell unexploded bombs for scrap metal. Now the director returns to Laos for his debut in the realms of fiction for The Rocket.

10-year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) is considered to be cursed, because he was born alongside a stillborn twin. Viewed with deep suspicion by his grandmother, he finds two friends in the form of orphan Kia (Loungnam Kaosainam) and her boozy, James Brown-obsessed uncle Purple (Thep Phongam). Hungering for acceptance from his own family, Ahlo decides he will enter and win a rocket building contest using an unexploded shell he digs out of the ground.

The winner of awards at film festivals from Berlin to Sydney and Leeds, The Rocket is Australia's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars. Eureka will be releasing the film on Blu-ray and DVD on 2 June

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