Australia has submitted "The Rocket
" for consideration for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards.
Directed by Kim Mordaunt and produced by Sylvia Wilczynski, "The Rocket" has wowed audiences at Berlin, New York, Melbourne, Sydney and Kosovo film festivals.
At Berlin's Berlinale Film Festival, the film was awarded the Crystal Bear Best Feature Award (Generation Kplus program) and both the Best Debut Film Award and the Amnesty International Film Prize.
At New York's prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, "The Rocket" took home the Best Narrative Feature, Best Actor (for Sitthiphon Disamoe) and the Audience Award gongs.
The Film also took home the Audience Awards at both Sydney and Melbourne's Film Festivals.
At Kosovo's Fest Film 2013, "The Rocket" won Best Screenplay (Kim Mordaunt), Best Cinematography (Andrew Commis) and Best Film.
"The Rocket" is next scheduled to premiere at London's Film Festival and the 18th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
"The Rocket" tells the story of a boy who is believed to bring bad luck. He leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, to prove he’s not cursed, he builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards® will be announced 16 January 2014.