First Full Trailer for Lee Tamahori's New Zealand Drama 'The Patriarch'
"This country is great because of hard working men. Don't let us forget who our friends are, nor who are our enemies." eOne in Australia has debuted the first official trailer for the film The Patriarch, otherwise known as Mahana down in New Zealand, the latest drama from filmmaker Lee Tamahori (who previously made films like The Edge and Die Another Day before circling back around). The film tells a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960's. Temuera Morrison stars as Grandfather Mahana, along with Akuhata Keefe and many other fresh young faces. This trailer starts fairly slow, but picks up and becomes something quite beautiful and alluring by the end.
1960s, East Coast of New Zealand. Two Maori sheep-shearing families, the Mahanas and the Poatas, are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals. 14-year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta he risks not just his own future prospects but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society. Mahana, or The Patriarch as it's being called outside of New Zealand, is directed by Kiwi filmmaker Lee Tamahori, of Once Were Warriors, Mulholland Falls, The Edge, Die Another Day, xXx: State of the Union, Next and The Devil's Double previously. The screenplay is by John Collee (Master and Commander), based on the novel by Witi Ihimaera. Opening in Australian theaters this March, and NZ in June, but it doesn't have a US release yet. The Patriarch will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month. Thoughts?