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.
- Drama / 96 min / Australia, Laos ,Thailand / 2013
- Original Title: The Rocket
- Genres: Drama
- Production Year: 2013
- Country of Origin: Australia, Thailand, Laos
- Language Spoken: Lao
- Duration: 96 min
- Shot On: Ari Alexa
- Screen Ratio: 2.35 : 1
- Format: DCP / 35mm
- Domestic Release: 29/08/2013 (Curious Distribution)
- Admission/rating: TBA
- Director: Kim Mordaunt
- Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Keohavong.
- Script Writers: Kim Mordaunt
- Production Company: Red Lamp Films
- Producers: Sylvia Wilczynski
- Film Website: http://www.therocket-movie.com
The Rocket at festivals2013: Berlin Film Festival, Instanbul International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Eskisehir Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Zlin Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Melboune Film Festival, Umbria Film Festival, IFI Dublin, Buster Film Festival (Best Film, Best Actor), Irish Film Festival , Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), Guanajuato International Film Festival, Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Avvantura Film Festival, Kosovo Film Fest (Winner of: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography) Milano Film Festival, Filmfestival Oostende, Vladivostok International Film Festival “Pacific Meridian”, Helsinki IFF, Taoyuan International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival (Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature), Mumbai Film Festival (International Competition), Cinekid (International Jury Award, Children's Jury Award), Valladolid Film Festival, Kolkata Int. Film Festival, CINEDAYS Festival of European Film, CASTELLINARIA FILM FESTIVAL for youth - , Camerimage Int. FF, Kolkata International Film Festival, Stuttgarter Kinderfilmtage, Busan Int. Film Festival (Flash Forward section) Molodist FF (Winner of: Molodist for Kids), AFI FEST 2013 - the World Cinema Audience Award.
11. MFF Tofifest in Torun (On Air section)
31th International Young Audience FF ALE KINO! (GOLDEN GOATS for the best full-length film for children, Audience Award for the best film), Sydney Film Festival (Audience award)
2014: Göteborg International Film Festival (incl. Lilla Film Festival), BUFF Int. International Film Festival, Durban Film Festival, Kosovo Film Festival (Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography) Beijing IFF (Best Visual Effects Award), Ljubljana IFF