SHOWING EXCLUSIVELY AT THE IFI
Closing this Thursday, March 20th. Tickets now on sale
Ahlo is a young boy growing up in Laos, blamed for damning his family with bad luck when a series of events sees them forced from their home and wandering the war ravaged country looking for somewhere to live. He meets the sprightly orphan Kia, and is introduced to her eccentric uncle Purple, a war veteran dedicated to rice-wine and James Brown, whose name derives from the colour of his wild suit. The pair end up tagging along with Ahlo and his family, when Ahlo, determined to prove he is not carrying a curse, decides he must build a rocket big and bold enough to compete in the famous Rocket Festival.
Beautifully filmed on location in Laos and featuring fine performances from a cast from differing generations, Australian director Kim Mordaunt’s film is elegant and fascinating, presenting the traditions, rituals and festivities of a country rarely seen in cinema. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
Winner of Best Debut Feature at the Dublin Film Critics Circle jury awards at JDIFF 2014.
★★★★ Irish Independent ★★★★ The Irish Times
IFI IRISH SHORTThese screenings will be preceded by the IFB-funded short Trid an Stoirm by Fred Burdy. A bereft widow forces a banshee to take her to the underworld to rescue her husband. (7 mins, Ireland, 2012.)
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