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by Armagan Ballantyne


Twins Kimi and Melody are ten years old. They live a happy, fulfilled life in a remote Maori community. But then a mysterious stranger turns up one day, and disaster strikes. Tai – the stranger – is responsible for an accident that separates the twins. Kimi is overcome by grief and a feeling of infinite solitude. He has lost his inner balance. Before long, Kimi’s parents begin to worry seriously about their boy, but his belief in his sister is the only thing that can save him.

original title: The Strength of Water
country: Germany, New Zealand
sales agent: NZ Film
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Armagan Ballantyne
film run: 86'
screenplay: Briar Grace-Smith
cast: Hato Paparoa, Melanie Mayall-Nahi, Pare Paseka, Isaac Barber, Shayne Hooper Biddle, McCarthy Pearse, Nancy Brunning
cinematography by: Bogumił Godfrejów
film editing: Elizabeth Kling
art director: Rick Kofoed
costumes designer: Kirsty Cameron
music: Peter Golub, Warren Maxwell
producer: Fiona Copland, Karl Baumgartner, Raimond Goebel
production: Pandora Filmproduktion, Filmwork
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