- Original title
- Running time
- 105 min.
- New Zealand
South Pacific Pictures / Apollomedia / Pandora Film
Drama | Nature. Animals. Small Town Life (Non-North American)
- Synopsis / Plot
- In a small New Zealand coastal village, Maori claim descent from Paikea, the Whale Rider. In every generation, a male heir has succeeded to the chiefly title. The time is now. When twins are born, and the boy twin dies, Koro, the chief, is unable to accept his grand-daughter, Pai, as a future leader. A few years later, Koro is convinced that the tribe's misfortunes began at Pai's birth and calls for his people to bring their sons to him, in the hope that the new leader is among them. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must stand up to him and a thousand years of tradition to reveal the true way forward.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
: BAFTA: Best reparto
: San Sebastian Film Festival: Official Selection
: Sundance: Audience Award (World Cinema)
: National Board of Review: Reconocimiento Special
: Toronto Film Festival: People's Choice Award (Best Film)
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Young Actress. Nominated for Best Family Film.
2003: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Promising Performer (Castle-Hughes). 3 Nom.
: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film
: Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Castle-Hughes)
: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. for Best Int. Independent Film
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