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O LE TULAFALE (THE ORATOR) – Tusi Tamasese 2011

O LE TULAFALE (THE ORATOR) – Tusi Tamasese 2011

ART CINEMA AWARD – VENICE FILM FESTIVAL to 31st August to 10th September 2011

Synopsis:O Le Tulafale is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves.

The verdict of the Jury

O Le Tulafale strikes the audience with a universal story of love, courage, traditions and death set in a unique place with unique characters. The director takes you straight to a strange place of different culture that becomes your home straight away as you are watching the film. Despite the calm atmosphere of nature and the village, and the slow pace of events, the story is strong, attracting, involving and touching. We hope the award will encourage the young director to continue his work and be present in art house cinemas with this and future works.

The Jury

  • Elena Mascioli, Farnese CinemaLab Roma (Italy)
  • Evelyn Stark, International Film Festival Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Michal Matuszewski, Kino Lab Warsaw, (Poland)


  • Year of production: 2011
  • Cast: Fiaula Sagote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasna Mataria, Ioata Tanielu
  • Category: Fiction
  • Duration: 110 minutes
  • Country: Samoa/New Zealand
  • Langugae: Samoan
  • International Sales: Jasmin McSweeney; NZ Film, Tel. : +64.4.382.7682; –

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