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TANNA

TANNA

MARTIN BUTLER & BENTLEY DEAN · Australia/Vanuatu · 2015 · 105 mins · PG · NAUVHAL & NAFE with subtitles
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A nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the most recent Oscars, Tanna depicts a land far removed from western society. It’s titled for and filmed in a South Pacific island, in the nation of Vanuatu, where an active volcano rages, patriarchies rule and rival tribes offer brides as peace offerings. Marriage for love is forbidden. This runs counter to the romantic dreams of Wawa (Maria Wawa) and her boyfriend Dain (Mungau Dain), the chief’s grandson. Like Romeo and Juliet, they dare to challenge the wishes of their parents. Can love prevail?

Aussie co-directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean prize authenticity over conventional drama. Dean and his family lived on the island for most of a year prior to filming. 

The film’s most compelling “character” is the island itself, which Dean unveils with the verdant wonder of a summer morning.  --Toronto Star

EVERY SINGLE SHOT IS PICTURESQUE The New York Times
There’s something thrilling about a movie that introduces us to a corner of the world we never knew existed. The movie is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering that the cast had never seen cameras before — much less movies. Their performances are as stunning as the setting, and that’s truly saying something. Washington Post
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