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Rain of the Children

Vincent Ward
New Zeland 2008 / 98’

Vincent Ward gave his debut in 1978 with the documentary In Spring One Plants Alone, whose chief protagonist was 80-year-old Puhi from the Maori tribe of Tuhoe, who devoted her life to caring for her adult schizophrenic son. She was convinced that some strange curse was to blame for her luckless fate. Almost thirty years after his documentary debut, Ward decided to find out more about Puhi. With the help of recollections from people who knew her, unique archive footage and a series of inspired acted sequences, he creates a sensitive mosaic of the life of this remarkable woman. Among other things, he discovers that she was mother to 14 children, that she was a famous beauty and that she had been chosen as a wife for the son of the Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana. In a reconstruction of Puhi's life, Vincent Ward also describes the challenges facing the original inhabitants of New Zealand during the colonisation which occurred in the first half of the 20th century.

MFF Karlove Vary 2008

Vincent Ward was born in 1956 in Greytown. His mother was a Hamburg-born Jew who fled Nazi Germany to Palestine, his father was from New Zealand. He started in theatre and then move into fine arts, film drama, and then documentaries. He attended the Ilam School of Art in Christchurch, then went to Fine Arts School in Cantenbury, where in early 1978 he was given leave. He left for Te Urewera where he want to realize In Spring One Plants Alone, which was finished in 1980. In 1978 he made A State of Siege based on Janet Frame's novel and six years later he directed Vigil, which was the first film form New Zealand screened at Cannes festival. 1988 saw him directing The Navigator: A Medieval Oddysey, also shown in Cannes. In 1992 he directed Map of the Human Heart which had a $34 million budget compared with $2 million for The Navigator. He worked on the script for Alien 3, at the time of writing he was filming What Dreams May Come. In 2003 Ward produced The Last Samurai by Edward Zwick. Two years later he directed River Queen and this year - documentary Rain of the Children.


1978 A State of Siege (śr.m. / mid.)

1980 In Spring One Plants Alone (śr.m. / mid.)

1984 Dojrzewanie / Vigil

1988 Nawigator: odyseja średniowieczna / The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey

1992 Mapa ludzkiego serca / Map of the Human Heart

1998 Między piekłem a niebem / What Dreams May Come

2005 River Queen

2008 Rain of the Children

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