One Thousand Ropes - Foreign Language Contender 1


AMC Castleton Square Theater 2 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 12:15 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Special Presentation
Release Year:2016
Runtime:98 min
Production Country:New Zealand
Original Language:Samoan, English, Maori, Cambodian
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Tusi Tamales
Cast:Frankie Adams
Uelese Petaia
Sima Urale,
Beulah Koale,
Ene Petaia
Producer(s):Catherine Fitzgerald
Screenwriter:Tusi Tamales
Executive Producer(s):Andrew Mackie
Richard Payten


Part of the inaugural "Best Foreign Language Award Contender" Sidebar featuring 10 films submitted to the 2018 Academy Awards as their respective country's official entry for "Best Foreign Language Film." 
Country: New Zealand
Distributor: Transmission Films
Film Synopsis: Maea once lived by his fists, but now old, has turned his powerful hands to healing and bread making. He strives to live a simple and peaceful life, living alone in the same housing estate as when he immigrated from Samoa many years ago. He atones for his past by easing the pain of child bearing for young pregnant women and their families who seek his help; resisting the authorities who want him to modernize. He also contends at work with the threat of losing his job at a local bakery as new equipment takes over, and at home an abusive spirit who has moved in with him, relentlessly taunting him while providing company. When his youngest daughter returns to him, beaten and heavily pregnant, he struggles on one hand - with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life, to take revenge in the way he knows best - and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life.
A Message from International Film Programmer Hannah Fisher:
We request that our audiences keep an open mind in viewing these films – as all are selected by the country of origin as the most representative film of the year. Some of the films may be unusual for Heartland Festival, but all films in this category will have been selected by various industry organizations, along with funding bodies and government agencies. Films in the “Foreign Language Best Picture Contender” sidebar contain mature themes and strong content.


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