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

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.


The Rocket at festivals

Berlinale FF, Germany
Istanbul IFF, Turkey
Tribeca FF, USA
Eskisehir FF, Turkey
Seattle IFF, USA
Zlin FF, Czechia
Sydney FF, Australia
Melboune FF, Australia
Umbria FF, Italy
IFI Dublin, Ireland
Buster FF, Denmark
Aruba IFF, Aruba
Guanajuato IFF, Mexico
Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Austria
Avvantura FF, Croatia
Milano FF, Italy
Oostende FF, Belgium
Vladivostok IFF, Russia
Helsinki IFF, Finland
Taoyuan IFF, Taiwan
Calgary IFF, Canada
Mumbai FF, India
Cinekid, Netherlands
Valladolid FF, Spain
Cinedays Festival of European Film, Spain
Castellinaria FF for Youth, Switzerland
Camerimage IFF, Poland
Kolkata IFF, India
Stuttgarter Kinderfilmtage, Germany
Busan IFF, South Korea
Molodist FF, Ukraine
MFF Tofifest, Poland
Young Audience FF ALE KINO!, Poland
Sydney FF, Australia

Göteborg IFF, Sweden
BUFF IFF, Sweden
Durban FF, South Africa
Kosovo FF, Kosovo
Beijing IFF, China
Ljubljana IFF, Slovenia

Kosovo FF - Best Fim, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Beijing IFF - Best Visual Effects
Sydney IFF - Audience Award
Young Audience FF ALE KINO! - Best Full-length Film For Children, Audience Award For The Best Film
AFI FEST - the World Cinema Audience Award
Molodist FF - Award Molodist for Kids
Cinekid - International Jury Award, Children's Jury Award
Calgary IFF - Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature
Buster FF - Best Film, Best Actor
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