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Wellington feature starts NZ release, after premiere in Berlin Film Festival


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A new Wellington feature film which starts screenings throughout New Zealand today had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

One Thousand Ropes, filmed in Newtown by Wellington writer-director Tusi Tamasese and Wellington producer Catherine Fitzgerald, premiered in the festival’s Panorama section as a Panorama Special. This was the first New Zealand film selected for Panorama since No. 2 in 2006, and only the third New Zealand feature ever screened in the section. Panorama showcases new films by renowned directors, debut films and new discoveries. Auteur films – movies with an individual signature – form the heart of the programme.

Tusi Tamasese said: “It is a great honour 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 and producer Catherine Fitzgerald comment: “A world premiere in such a prestigious selection is a great tribute to the extraordinary work of our generous cast and crew, several of whom we have worked with since our very first films – Leon Narbey, Tim Prebble, Chris Todd, Mike Hedges, Clare Burlinson and Annie Collins.”

One Thousand Ropes tells the story of a father re-connecting with his youngest daughter and putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. A former boxer, Maea now uses his hands to knead bread and to ease the pain of child-bearing. When his youngest daughter returns to him, beaten and heavily pregnant, he struggles on the one hand with inner temptation and 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 missing from his life.

One Thousand Ropes is Tusi Tamasese’s follow up to his much-awarded feature debut The Orator, and stars Uelese Petaia, Frankie Adams, Beulah Koale and Sima Urale. One Thousand Ropes is funded by the NZFC and Fulcrum Media Finance.

The film had its New Zealand premiere at a gala screening in the Embassy Theatre in Wellington on Tuesday night.