Two Australian films, The Rocket and The Amber Amulet, starred at this week’s Berlin International Film Festival.
Kim Morduant’s The Rocket took out three awards at the German film festival, none grander than Best First Feature. In addition to being recognised for his debut writing and directing feature, Morduant claimed €50,000 in prize money, as well as Best Film from the Generation Kplus section (dedicated to films for young people.
The Rocket, filmed entirely in Thailand, revolves around a young boy, Ahlo, who is believed to be cursed. In order to lift his curse, Ahlo builds a rocket to compete in a dangerous rocket festival. The film is based on Maduant’s experiences filming the 2007 documentary Bomb Harvest, a look inside the war-torn country of Laos.
Another Australian production, The Amber Amulet, was also awarded with a Crystal Bear award for Best Short Film.
Written and directed by Matthew Moore, The Amber Amulet is an adaption of a Craig Silvey novel about a 10-year-old masked avenger.
Moore also won the award in 2012 for his film Julian.
"Having a film compete in The Berlin International Film Festival had been a long held dream for me," Moore said. "To win back-to-back Crystal Bears is out of this world. I'm thrilled the jury and audiences in Berlin embraced The Amber Amulet. It was an honour to bring Craig Silvey's beautiful novella to the screen."
Originally reported by Fit4Talent