• Drama / 96 min / Australia, Laos ,Thailand / 2013
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.

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The Rocket at festivals

2014:
Durban Film Festival, South Africa
Kosovo Film Festival, Kosovo
Beijing International Film Festival, China
Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia
BUFF Film Festival, Sweden
Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden

2013:
AFI Fest, US
Umbria Film Festival, Italy
Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland
Buster Film Festival, Denmark
Aruba International Film Festival, Aruba
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Filmfestival Kitzb├╝hel, Austria
Avvantura Film Festival, Croatia
Milano Film Festival, Italy
Oostende Film Festival, Belgium
Vladivostok International Film Festival, Russia
Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland
Taoyuan International Film Festival, Taiwan
Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
Mumbai Film Festival, India
Cinekid Film Festival, Netherlands
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Cinedays Festival of European Film, Spain
Castellinaria Film Festival for Youth, Switzerland
Camerimage, Poland
Kolkata International Film Festival, India
Stuttgarter Kinderfilmtage, Germany
Busan International Film Festival, South Korea
Molodist Film Festival, Ukraine
MFF Tofifest, Poland
Young Audience Film Festival ALE KINO!, Poland
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Eskisehir Film Festival, Turkey
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey
Tribeca Film Festival, US
Seattle International Film Festival, US
Zlin Film Festival, Czech Rep.
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany

Awards:
Best Fim + Best Screenplay + Best Cinematography - Kosovo Film Festival
Best Visual Effects - Beijing International Film Festival
Audience Award - Sydney International Film Festival
Best Full-length Film For Children + Audience Award For The Best Film - Young Audience Film Festival ALE KINO!
World Cinema Audience Award - AFI Fest
Award Molodist for Kids - Molodist Film Festival
International Jury Award + Children's Jury Award - Cinekid
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature - Calgary International Film Festival
Best Film + Best Actor - Buster Film Festival
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