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Completed - Other - Drama, First film - 96 minutes

Log Line

A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After the calamitous journey, to prove his worth he builds a giant rocket to enter a dangerous competition.







Previous markets

  • Berlin EFM 2013 (Premiere)
  • Cannes 2013 (Screening)
  • AFM 2013 (Line up)
Full history

Year of production : 2013

Director(s) : Kim MORDAUNT
Writer(s) : Kim MORDAUNT
Cast : Sitthiphon DISAMOE, Loungnam KAOSAINAM, Thep PHONGAM, Bunsri YINDI, Sumrit WARIN, Alice KEOHAVONG

Producer(s) : Sylvia WILCZYNSKI (Red Lamp Films)

Synopsis

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 builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: The Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.

Production

Country(ies) : AUSTRALIA, LAOS, THAILAND

Distributors

AUSTRALIA CURIOUS FILM
CHINA JY ENTERTAINMENT
DENMARK LEVELK
HONG KONG (CHINA) ENCORE INFLIGHT LIMITED
LEBANON MOVING TURTLE
NORWAY ARTHAUS
POLAND SPECTATOR
SLOVENIA RTV SLOVENIJA
TURKEY KURMACA FILM
USA KINO LORBER INC.

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Festivals and Awards

Beijing IFF 2014 Competition

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