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Level K blasts off with US deal for The Rocket

EXCLUSIVE: Kino Lorber acquires Tribeca winner [pictured].

US distributor Kino Lorber has swooped to take all U.S. and Canadian rights to The Rocket (sold in Cannes by Level K).

Kino Lorber is planning a national theatrical release in the autumn, followed by a digital, VOD and home media release in 2014. 

Produced by Red Lamp Films, with funding from Screen Australia, the film had its US premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it won several awards among them the Narrative Feature prize, the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film and the Best Actor in a Narrative Feature award (given to 10-year-old Sitthiphon Disamoe).

At this year’s Berlinale, The Rocket also won the “Crystal Bear” (Generation Kplus prize for Best Film) as well as the Best First Feature award and The Amnesty International Award.

The Rocket is the first feature film from director, writer and producer Kim Mordaunt. A co-production between Australia, Laos and Thailand, the film is set in contemporary Laos and tells the story of a boy named Ahlo (Disamoe) who strives to escape his poor background by entering a rocket building contest in Laos.

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