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Rocket, The

Rakieta · dir. Kim Mordaunt
Australia 2013, 96’


10/25, 15:15 · Kino Centrum

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. 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. Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change.

Director:Kim Mordaunt
Screenplay:Kim Mordaunt
Music:Caitlin Yeo
Cinematography:Andrew Commis
Editing:Nick Meyers
Cast:Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Keohavong
Awards:Berlinale – Kryształowy niedźwiedź za Najlepszy Film Pełnometrażowy, nagroda Amnesty International / Crystal Bear, Best First Feature, AI Prize (2013); MFF w Sydney / Sydney FF – Nagroda Publiczności / Audience Award (2013); MFF Tribeca / Tribeca FF – Nagroda publiczności i Najlepszy aktor w filmie fabularnym / Audience Award and Best Actor in Narrative Feature (2013)

Kim Mordaunt was born 1966. He is a graduate of the film production degree at UTS (University of Technology Sydney), and a diploma in acting from one of the UK’s top drama schools LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His extensive documentary verite work, as both director and cinematographer, has honed his ability to paint fiction with truth and to shoot it in a way that feels very immediate and intimate. The Rocket is Kim’s debut feature.


  • 2013 – The Rocket / Rakieta
  • 2007 – Bomb Harvest (dokument / documentary)

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