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The Rocket, Under The Skin, The Zero Theorem: this week's new films

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The Rocket (12A)

(Kim Mordaunt, 2013, Aus/Thai/Laos) Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi. 96 mins

Children are often the best ambassadors for world cinema and so it proves here, in a Laos-set tale that's sympathetic but never condescending. The story centres on a displaced boy burdened by a perceived "curse". But it's told with documentary-like conviction and distinctly local details, from James Brown-worshipping war vets to the unexploded ordnance littering the landscape.

Under The Skin (15)

(Jonathan Glazer, 2013, UK) Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan. Krystof Hádek. 108 mins

Glazer's delectably mystifying sci-fi makes Glasgow look like another planet – as seen through the eyes of Johansson's alien seductress, on the prowl for unsuspecting males. It sounds like a highbrow Species, but the imagery and sustained strangeness put it in a realm of its own.

The Zero Theorem (15)

(Terry Gilliam,
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Tie for best film at Fcca Awards

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Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road and Kim Mordaunt.s The Rocket shared the best film honours at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards presented last night.

The Great Gatsby collected four awards followed by The Rocket with 3 and Mystery Road and The Turning with 2 awards each.

Naomi Watts was named best actress for her role in the little-seen Adoration and Aaron Pedersen was best actor for Mystery Road. Sen was best director.

There was another tie for the supporting actor prize: The Great Gatsby.s Joel Edgerton and Mystery Road.s Hugo Weaving. The Turning.s Rose Byrne was best supporting actress. The Rocket.s Sitthiphon Disamoe was on hand to receive the gong for best young performer.

Best script award went to The Railway Man.s Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson. Haydn Keenan's Persons of Interest was named best documentary.

An Acknowledgment Award was presented to
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Oz critics laud Mystery Road

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Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road. won six of the eight awards for Australian films at the Australian Film Critics Association 2014 film and writing awards.

The murder mystery produced by David Jowsey was feted as best film and for Sen.s direction, screenplay and cinematography, lead actor Aaron Pedersen and supporting actor Hugo Weaving.

Nicole Kidman was named best actress for The Railway Man and Rose Byrne took the supporting actress prize for Tim Winton's The Turning.

Tarantino's Django Unchanged was judged best international film and Michael Haneke.s Amour best foreign-language international film. Best documentary went to Sarah Polley.s Stories We Tell.

The Afca has about 75 members. .All our members voted on the Awards and the majority clearly felt Ivan Sen's gripping outback noir was the best Australian film from the last 12 months,. said Afca chair Richard Haridy, whose outlets are ABC Radio Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast,
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The Rocket | Review

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Silver Linings: Morduant’s Debut a Breezy, Formulaic Crowd Pleaser

After winning awards and audience accolades at nearly every film festival it’s screened at (including Berlin, Tribeca, and AFI), Australian documentarian Kim Morduant’s narrative debut, The Rocket, is sure to become an art-house favorite for its heartwarming tale of a young Laotian boy’s struggles, presented as it is without douses of miserablism, melodrama, or exploitation. A unique locale and cinematically underexplored group of people serves an intriguing jumping point into a tale that’s otherwise quite predictable, though enhanced by its ability to remain, simply, a tale of overcoming unfortunate circumstances.

In the Northern mountains of Laos, Mali (Alice Keohavong) gives birth to her son Ahlo, whose large testicles earn him the immediate nickname of “Little Balls” by grandmother Taitok (Bunsri Yindi). But soon after his delivery, she discovers that she’s about to give birth to twins,
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The Rocket: Blasting Away a Laotian Curse

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Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket is about a child’s at-times comic battle against the insanity of the post-war culture in Laos. In a country riddled with governmental corruption and inefficiency; in one spattered with the remnants of still-live bombs and other remnants of a lengthy, brutalizing bloodshed; and in one populated by impoverished communities often without such basic necessities as electricity and plumbing, the odds seem stacked against ten-year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) achieving any lasting happiness in this lifetime.

But matters get worse. He was born a twin, and in his society, all twins are immediately slaughtered because one is blessed and the other cursed, and it's impossible to tell which one has the devil within him. Luckily for Ahlo, his sibling was a stillborn, who’s secretly buried, so no one knows he was a twin except his loving mother Mali (Alice Keohavong) and his bellyaching grandmother who wishes he had never survived.
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The Rocket: Blasting Away a Laotian Curse

  • CultureCatch
Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket is about a child’s at-times comic battle against the insanity of the post-war culture in Laos. In a country riddled with governmental corruption and inefficiency; in one spattered with the remnants of still-live bombs and other remnants of a lengthy, brutalizing bloodshed; and in one populated by impoverished communities often without such basic necessities as electricity and plumbing, the odds seem stacked against ten-year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) achieving any lasting happiness in this lifetime.

But matters get worse. He was born a twin, and in his society, all twins are immediately slaughtered because one is blessed and the other cursed, and it's impossible to tell which one has the devil within him. Luckily for Ahlo, his sibling was a stillborn, who’s secretly buried, so no one knows he was a twin except his loving mother Mali (Alice Keohavong) and his bellyaching grandmother who wishes he had never survived.
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The Rocket Movie Review

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The Rocket Movie Review
The Rocket (Bang fai) Director: Kim Mordaunt Screenwriter: Kim Mordaunt Cast: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Keohavong Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 12/12/13 Opens: January 10, 2014 Part National Geographic, part Hallmark Hall of Fame and even some leftist political points make up this exotic fare called “The Rocket.” “The Rocket” is filmed mostly in rural Laos but some in Thailand and is directed by Australian Kim Mordaunt—whose documentary “Bomb Harvest” in 2007 deals with efforts to clean up the unexploded bombs in Laos, known as per capita the most bombed country in the world. “The Rocket” is right up her alley, then, as she focuses [ Read More ]

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The Rocket set to launch in the Us

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Festival accolades have translated to a significant commercial deal for first-time director Kim Mordaunt.s Laos-set feature The Rocket, which will be released in Us cinemas nationwide in the northern autumn.

The deal was negotiated at the Cannes Film Market last week with Us distributor Kino Lorber by Tine Klint of Danish-based international sales agent LevelK. That.s the fifth Australian film to secure theatrical release in the Us this year, or six if The Great Gatsby is included. The Sapphires has raked in $US2 million after nine weeks, now playing on 102 screens, for The Weinstein Co..

Dada Films gave P. J. Hogan.s Mental a token exposure at 12 screens in key cities in March, released on the same day on Video-On-Demand platforms. Kieran Darcy-Smith.s Wish You Were Here premieres on June 7 via eOne and Wrekin Hill Entertainment will launch Ben Nott and Morgan O.Neill.s Drift in August.
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Rocket, The | Review - Tribeca Film Festival 2013

On the fateful night that Ahlo is delivered into this world, he is followed by a stillborn sibling. Surprisingly, Ahlo's curmudgeonly grandmother (Bunsri Yindi) wants to kill Ahlo instantly. This is because the folklore of their Laotian tribe states that twins always include one child who will be bad luck. It is much easier to kill both babies than to wait and see which twin will be the unlucky one. Luckily for Ahlo, his mother (Alice Keohavong) will not let him die. Several years later, an Australian energy company arrives in their village to announce that a new dam will flood the entire region. So, Ahlo's (Sitthiphon Disamoe) tribe is relocated to a new location where a new home with electricity and water is promised to every family. The energy conglomerate obviously does not follow through with any of their promises and Ahlo’s knack for clumsiness -- or just
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Rocket’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Rocket’
The adventures of a 10-year-old Laotian boy are subject to radically different interpretations in “The Rocket,” Australian documentarian Kim Mordaunt’s impressive narrative debut. In a country where multinational interests are reshaping the landscape to suit their corporate needs, displaced villagers seek more familiar scapegoats to embody their misfortune — singling out, for instance, the film’s pint-size hero, Ahlo, whose scrappy determination propels the action. A kid-centric slice of intractable humanism in the mode of “The Kite Runner,” “Tsotsi,” “Whale Rider” or “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” this “Rocket” could launch globally.

The film opens on the birth of Ahlo (street kid Sitthiphon Disamoe), the only surviving member of a pair of twins. But twins, according to Laotian superstition, are thought to be highly problematic, one bringing good luck, the other bad. Ahlo’s mother (Alice Keohavong) has showered him with unconditional love from the outset, flatly rejecting her own
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