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23 04 2013 - Media release

Australian short Tau Seru selected for Cannes

The Australian short film Tau Seru, written, directed and produced by Rodd Rathjen, has been selected in Competition at the 52nd Semaine de la Critique (Critics’ Week) in Cannes, which will run 16–24 May 2013.

Rodd Rathjen is an Australian-born director and a Victorian College of the Arts graduate.

Tau Seru is a screen collaboration with India. It was co-produced by Tashi Wangail and was shot entirely in the Himalayas, India.

The screening in Cannes will mark Tau Seru’s world premiere.

“When we were shooting in the Himalayas and couldn’t breathe because of the altitude I think we were all feeling that we had bitten off more than we could chew. Everybody worked really hard so to share the news about Cannes is very satisfying,” said Rodd Rathjen upon hearing of the selection for Critics’ Week.

“Selection for an event like Critics’ Week is a tremendous vote of confidence in Rodd and all the team involved,” said Kathleen Drumm, Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing. “It marks them out for international industry attention. It’s also great to see a collaboration with India gaining this distinction, as the country was an official Australian Government territory of focus in 2012.”

A parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, Critics’ Week aims to explore, reveal and discover new talents.

8 mins
Writer/Director Rodd Rathjen
Producers Rodd Rathjen, Tashi Wangail
Cast Deskong Namgyal Nurla, Tashi Wangail
Synopsis In the vastness of the Himalayas, a young nomad’s curiosity lies beyond the horizon.

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