Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, March 07, 2014

7:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Laos/Thailand/Australia/2013—directed by Kim Mordaunt)

Ahlo, a ten-year-old Laotian boy who is believed by his village to bring bad luck as well as poverty, leads his family and some misfit friends on a journey to find a new home. It’s not an easy trip, however, and to finally prove to others – as well as to himself – that he does not carry a curse, Ahlo decides to enter the year’s most lucrative and dangerous competition of the year: the much-anticipated Rocket Festival. Building his giant rocket without the benefit of true technical knowhow, Ahlo is nevertheless obsessed with the idea of triumphing over impossible odds by shooting his rocket into the sky, reaching to the heavens for celestial forgiveness in a war-ravaged landscape where rockets tend to fall from the sky, rather than fly toward it. The winner of the Best Feature and Best Actor prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival is one of the year’s most satisfying surprises. Winner, Best First Feature, Berlin Film Festival; Winner, AFI Fest Word Cinema Audience Award; Winner, Best Picture, 2013 Sydney Film Festival. In Lao with English subtitles. (96 min.)

“An impressive debut of absolute integrity.” –Ronnie Scheib, Variety

"Enthralling!" –Mark Adams, Screen International 
"Endearing, gripping and heartwarming!" –IndieWire