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Tamsese a contender

Ahead of this weekend’s Big Screen Symposium case study on the film, Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes has been named as New Zealand’s submission for the Academy Awards Foreign Language feature.

Premiered at this year’s Berlinale, One Thousand Ropes has been a regular on the festival circuit, and will soon head to the UK.

Written and directed by Tamasese and produced by Catherine Fitzgerald, One Thousand Ropes is the story of a Samoan family living in suburban New Zealand, re-connecting and putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them.

The NZ selection is decided by a committee chaired by NZFC CEO, Dave Gibson, and made up of Niki Caro, Keisha Castle-Hughes, David Coulson, Ngila Dickson, John Gilbert, Mike Horton, Grant Major, and Lee Tamahori.

Announcing the selection, Gibson said, “The committee and I are pleased to endorse One Thousand Ropes, and congratulate Tusi and his team. Tusi balances social realism and supernatural spiritualism to create an enigmatic yet powerful film.”

Tusi Tamasese’s debut feature The Orator was an Oscar submission, as have been Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands and Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth.

Submissions for the subtitled Oscar close on 3 October,

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