Tusi Tamasese’s feature will have its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama line-up. The Panorama line-up is now complete and will showcase 51 titles from 43 countries.
Tamasese’s previous feature, The Orator – O Le Tulafale, awarded on its debut at Venice, played the NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema at the 2013 Berlinale. In 2010 Tamasese was selected for the Belinale Talent Campus (now Berlinale Talents).
Several of the team from The Orator return for One Thousand Ropes, including producer Catherine Fitzgerald, cinematographer Leon Narbey and editor Annie Collins. The cast includes Uelese Petaia (Sons for the Return Home), Frankie Adams (Shortland Street), Beulah Koale (Shortland Street, The Last Saint) and Sima Urale (Apron Strings).
One Thousand Ropes trailer
One Thousand Ropes is funded by the NZFC and Fulcrum Media Finance. World sales are being handled by Mongrel Media. Transmission will give the film its NZ release on 23 March, one week after another Pacific-themed title, the downlowconcept’s Gary of the Pacific, has its release.
Also named in the Panorama line-up is Aussie director Cate Shortland’s thriller Berlin Syndrome, which was in post when she presented at last year’s Big Screen Symposium and has just had its world premiere at Sundance.
Announced previously, Jackie van Beek’s The Inland Road and Tearepa Kahi’s Poi E: The Story of Our Song are selected in the Berlinale’s Generation line-up.
The Berlinale runs 9 – 19 February.