Tribeca honours Australian film The Rocket with top prize

Australian feature film The Rocket has taken the top honour at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Set in Laos with mostly non-professional actors, it won best narrative film while its 10-year-old star was selected as best actor.

Best documentary went to Dan Krauss’s The Kill Team, about a group of US soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians. The 12th annual festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, ends on Sunday.

The young star of The Rocket, Sitthiphon Disamoe, stars as Aholo – a boy who enters a traditional rocket festival to help save his poverty-stricken family who have been uprooted for the construction of a dam.

Jurors said the film, which picked up the best first feature award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, “offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see”. via Tribeca honours Australian film The Rocket with top prize.

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