Multi-award winning Australian feature, The Rocket
, is set for a theatrical run in the UK and Eire in early 2014, courtesy of Eureka Entertainment. Kim Mordaunt's feature debut has picked up a slew of awards on the festival circuit, including Audience Awards in AFI Fest, Sydney, CineKid, Leeds, Melbourne and Tribeca, where it also won the Best Film and Best Actor awards, together with three accolades at the Berlinale.
The Rocket is Australia's official Best Foreign Language Film entry for this year's Academy Awards and tells the gripping yet heartwarming story of a young Laos boy, supposedly cursed and a harbinger of bad luck, setting out on a treacherous journey to prove his worth once and for all.
Laos: A ten year old boy, Ahlo, 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 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. In a last plea to try and 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.
Eureka Entertainment will release The Rocket in the UK and Eire on 14 March 2014 in selected cinemas nationwide. Check out the official theatrical trailer below:
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