Gotham-based distributor Kino Lorber has picked up all U.S. and Canadian rights to “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt’s feature that bowed at Berlin and scored a hat-trick of kudos at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Distributor plans a national theatrical release for movie this fall ahead of digital, VOD and homevid next year.
Writer-helmer Mordaunt’s Laos-set pic, a co-production between Australia, Laos and Thailand, centers on a young boy (Sitthiphon Disamoe) who’s believed to bring bad luck. With a young orphan and a James Brown-loving drunk in tow, he sets off on a search for a new home for his family that eventually leads him to enter a rocket-building contest.
Moppet thesp Disamoe won the kudo for actor in a narrative feature at Tribeca, where the movie in its U.S. premiere also scored the narrative feature trophy as well as the audience award. At Berlin, the movie snagged the Crystal Bear award plus kudos for first feature and an Amnesty Intl. award.
Sylvia Wilczynski at Red Lamp Films produced with funding from Screen Australia. Kino Lorber topper Richard Lorber negotiated the distribution deal with Natja Noviani Rosner of film sales agency Level K.
“The Rocket” joins a slate of upcoming Kino Lorber theatrical releases that includes Sundance alum “Computer Chess” and doc “More than Honey.”