Tanna

Winner
Fedeora Award ~ Best Cinematography
Venice Film Festival
Winner
International Critics’ Week Award
Venice Film Festival
Nominee
Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Awards
With its magnetic cast and Venice award-winning cinematography, this film treads the familiar theme of star-crossed lovers with shimmering vitality.

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Tanna

Tanna is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Tanna is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Romance
Runtime
104
Language
Bislama, Nauvhal
Director
Martin Butler
Bentley Dean
Awards:
Winner, Fedeora Award ~ Best Cinematography, Venice Film Festival
Winner, International Critics’ Week Award, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
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FEATURED REVIEW
Nick Schager, Village Voice

The sight of kids joyously playing with a “penis sheath” is enough to make Tanna recommendable, but fortunately, there’s also far more to Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s ethnographic drama, which was filmed on – and stars natives of – the South Pacific island that gives the film its title. Awash in ...

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