Satellite Boy accepted to Berlin film fest
Two Australian films – The Rocket and Satellite Boy – have been selected to the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
Having its world premiere and nominated for the festival’s Best First Feature Award, The Rocket is written and directed by Kim Mordaunt.
It follows the story of a Lao boy thought to bring bad luck, who must lead his family through his war-torn country to the dangerous Rocket Festival.
The film is produced by Sylvia Wilczynski for Red Lamp Films. It is distributed locally by Curious Film with international sales by LevelK ApS.
Joining it will be Catriona McKenzie’s first feature Satellite Boy, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.
The film stars indigenous veteran actor David Gulpilil as the grandfather of a young boy trying to save his home.
The film is produced by Red Dog and Ten Canoes’ Julie Ryan and David Jowsey, producer of other recent Indigenous films, Mad Bastards, Toomelah and the forthcoming Mystery Road, both by Ivan Sen.
Both Rocket and Satellite Boy received Screen Australia funding. Both will screen in competition in the youth section, Generation Kplus competition.
The festival runs from 7-17 February.