Films from the Pacific Island or about the Pacific Islands have been making headlines the past few months. Moana has been a big international hit. The Vanuatu film, Tanna, with its indigenous cast was recently nominated for an Academy Award in the Foreign Language Category. Now, there is a third movie that is grabbing attention in Europe.
The Berlin Film Festival (Feb. 9-19) will be showcasing a Samoan film titled One Thousand Ropes. The new film from director Tusi Tamasese is set to premiere at the prestigious Panorama section of film festival. “It is a great honor to be selected in Panorama Special for the world premiere of our film, and thrilling to be returning to Berlin, where I attended the Talent Campus in 2010, and where The Orator screened in 2013,” Tamasese said in a statement. “A world premiere in such a prestigious selection is a great tribute to the extraordinary work of our generous cast and crew.”
The movie stars Frankie Adams and Tuiasau Uelese Petaia and is about a father who wants to reconnect with his estranged daughter. He struggles to balance his desire to form a relationship with his daughter and the want to seek revenge against the man who beat her.
It is a deeply moving film about connections, redemption and new beginnings. It is about a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. She arrives vulnerable: badly beaten and heavily pregnant. He struggles with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life, to take revenge in the way he knows best on one hand, and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life.
The trailer teases a dark and personal drama, with intense dialogue and dream sequences. It is a bilingual movie, with both English and Samoan dialogue.
Michael Eldred, General Manager of Transmission Films New Zealand comments: “Transmission Films are proud to continue our association with Tusi and Catherine following the wonderful experience of The Orator in 2011. The Berlin Film Festival Panorama selection of One Thousand Ropes confirms our conviction that Tusi is one of the most innovative & exciting voices in NZ film making today.”
One Thousand Ropes will be released in New Zealand on March 23.