Three Wise Cousins
SQS | AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND/Samoa | 2015 | 89 MIN | Feature
Friday 21 October 2016 | 9:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
The Samoan comedy hit comes to Canada! Born and raised in Aotearoa New Zealand, Adam is your typical 22-year-old city guy with a killer crush on Mary (who barely knows he exists). When he overhears Mary say that she only dates “real” island guys, Adam makes it his mission to deliver. He packs his bags and flies to Samoa to engage the services of his two cousins – both island boys to the core – to teach him the island ways. From climbing for coconut to learning how to dance, Adam’s journey to win Mary’s heart will win yours. Made on a shoestring budget of $80,000, the funny and charming Three Wise Cousins surprised the industry by taking over $2 million at the box office to become a true success story of independent, grassroots feature filmmaking.
Credited as SQS, director Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa (Samoan) set out to make people laugh and learn more about life in Samoa. Born in Auckland to Samoan parents, he completed a law degree as a backup to a film career. Stallone pursued his passion for filmmaking and worked four jobs to save money to self-fund Three Wise Cousins.