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What’s opening 19 OCT  / Upcoming film releases

Films opening on 19 October: In the astounding new South African film Kanarie a young man discovers how through hardship, camaraderie, first love, and the liberating freedom of music, the true self can be discovered; Papillon is a thrilling adventure and a powerful portrait of the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of utter inhumanity;  the masked figure who has haunted moviegoers since his killing spree four decades ago is back in Halloween; a hot shot Air Force pilot is chosen for a military experiment that will create a human being capable of surviving the harsh environments of Saturn’s moon in Titan; and in The Hate U Give a teenage girl must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

It’s shnit season in Cape Town from 18- – 28 October! shnit Cape Town is an exceptional annual event with a unique transnational concept- a shortfilm festival that takes place simultaneously in multiple cities on five continents over ten days. This year the Zeitz MOCAA joins the list of venues hosting shnit. Other locations include The Labia Theatre in Gardens, the traditional home of shnit, as well as the Alexander Bar & Theatre on Strand Street, the Raptor Room in Roeland Street, and Bertha House in Khayelitsha. This year there are four South African films in the latter – Good Mourning by Ian Morgan, Noodles by Greg Rom, First Kiss by Ali Ashman and Vlees van my Vlees by Matthys Boshoff. The same four are also competing in the Made in South Africa contest alongside Ihlazo by Akuol de Mabior, Versnel by Dian Weys, Mma Moeketsi by Reabetswe Moeti, Junior by Bert Djikstra and Measure of a Woman by Sara Blecher. Visit the website for the full programme

New-South-Africa-queer-film-Kanarie-making-waves_02KANARIE  is a life-changing film and alters jaded perceptions, a heart-breaking journey into the life of a conscripted soldier in South Africa in the 80s, who finds self-love and affirmation of his true identity through the love of another young man.Kanarie is a one of those rare films you cannot resist falling head-over-heels in love with. This astounding coming-of-age musical drama set in South Africa in 1985, about a young man who discovers how through hardship, camaraderie, first love, and the liberating freedom of music, the true self can be discovered.

The film is directed by Christiaan Olwagen (Johhny Is Nie Dood Nie), from an original screenplay crafted by Olwagen and Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder. Read more /  Interview with Musical Director and co-screenwriter Charl-Johan LingenfelderTrailer/

papillon-charlie-hunnam-rami-malek-02-600x409PAPILLON Based on the international best-selling autobiography, it follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship. Directed by Michael Noer. It is a remake of the 1973 film of the same name starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. The original film was written by Dalton Trumbo based on the best-selling autobiography by the French convict Henri Charrière. Trailer / Feature: A powerful portrait of the resilience of the human spirit 

HALLOWEENHALLOWEEN 2018 Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity).  Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs. Directed by David Gordon Green, screenplay by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley. With Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle,Andi Matichak, Omar J. Dorsey  Feature: A confrontation that has been brewing for 40 yearsTrailer 

TITANTHE TITAN In the near future, Earth’s resources are exhausted and humanity’s only hope of salvation lies in travelling to a distant planet. A military family is relocated so they can participate in an experiment into man’s genetic evolution in space, which will be vital to ensure that the human race survives the journey.Hot shot Air Force pilot, Rick Janssen (Sam Worthington), is chosen for a military experiment that will create a human being capable of surviving the harsh environments of Saturn’s moon, TITAN. The experiment is successful, turning Rick into a super-human, but it also creates deadly side-effects which threatens the life of Rick, his wife and family, and possibly humanity itself.Directed by Lennart Ruff. The screenplay was written by Max Hurwitz, with the story by Arash Amel.  “I was aiming for an intelligent science fiction film — one always driven by strong characters, with both a strong female and male lead, with a focus on the drama aspects in their endeavors to save humanity in peril,” says director Lennart Ruff, who studied feature film at the University of Television & Film Munich and makes his feature debut with Titan.  Trailer Read more 

HATE YOU GIVETHE HATE U GIVE Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighbourhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. It is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Tina Mabry and Audrey WellsRead more /  Trailer /

New Releases

STAR IS BORNA STAR IS BORN In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga).  She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight.  But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing Ally, Gaga, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson.  All the music is original and was recorded live. It is directed by Bradley Cooper.It marks the third remake of the original 1937 film, which was adapted into a 1954 musical and then remade as a 1976 rock musical with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Feature: A Star Is Born – An Authentic Story That Speaks To The Timeless Nature Of Human Feelings And Failings. / Trailer 

HELL FESTHELL FEST On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground. Directed by Gregory Plotkin.  Screenplay Seth M. Sherwood, Blair Butler and Akela Cooper from a story by William Penick, Christopher Sey and Stephen SuscoFeature: A Terrifying Thrill Ride /Trailer /

BABY MAMASBABY MAMAS It follows the daily lives of four (middle class) friends, played by Mosese, Mdoda, Dineo Ranaka and Kay Smith, as two of them struggle with the challenges that face single mothers, another finds out she’s pregnant, and the other grapples with the fallout of an abusive relationship. Four women share all their experiences on the joys and woes of being single Moms, while still searching for true love. This is a comedy drama revolving around the daily lives, loves and drama of four professional women who are all in different stages of their own real-life baby mama drama. A sisterhood develops among these four very different women, as they find in each other the strength and courage it will take to navigate the treacherous waters of the relationships, good and bad, that they have with the men in their lives.Directed by Stephina Zwane. Feature: A New South African Film From Stephina Zwane and Salamina Mosese /  Trailer /

 

FORGIVENTHE FORGIVEN During his life sentence in post-apartheid South Africa, brutal murderer Piet Blomfield seeks redemption through meetings with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. British drama film based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist by Michael Ashton that tells a story involving Archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s search for answers during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and his meetings with the fictional character Piet Blomfeld. Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond TutuEric Bana as Piet Blomfeld. Directed by Roland Joffé. Joffé also co-wrote the script with Ashton. Feature/ Interview: The Forgiven – A Post-Apartheid Story Of Redemption and Forgiveness / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

HOUSE WEBSITETHE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in this magical adventure that tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead. It is directed by Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke. It is based on the novel of the same name.  Feature: The House with a Clock in Its Walls – A magical adventure in the tradition of Amblin classics  / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

thomas-and-friends-big-world-big-adventures-LST303270THOMAS & FRIENDS: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES!  When a mischievous little racing car called Ace passes through Sodor on his way around the world, Thomas is inspired to embark on his own ambitious trip. Travelling full steam ahead across five continents, Thomas discovers magnificent new sights and experiences exciting places and cultures. Along the way, he makes friends with an inspiring and fun Kenyan engine called Nia. With so much for Thomas to learn about the world, will Nia be successful in teaching him a lesson about the true meaning of friendship? Featuring a world of wonder, curiosity and amazing animal friends, join Thomas on an epic adventure, fulfilling his dream of seeing the world! Read more / Trailer / Showing from 5 October

VENOMVENOM One of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen, starring Academy Award (R) nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom, an investigative journalist and the host of an extraterrestrial symbiote that gives him “incredible powers”, along with a hideous alter-ego, which he calls as “Venom”. Director Ruben Fleischer took inspiration for the character’s portrayal from a quote in the comics: “You’re Eddie Brock. I’m the symbiote. Together we are Venom.”The Marvel Comics character Eddie Brock, a notable antagonist of Spider-Man, was first introduced in cinema in the 2007 film Spider-Man 3.  Feature: The Story Of Two Antiheroes In One Body  Trailer / Showing from 5 October

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SIMPLE FAVORA SIMPLE FAVOR A stylish post-modern suburban noir directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), centers around Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily Nelson’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this stylish thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. The film is based upon the novel by Darcey Bell, with a screenplay adaptation by Jessica Sharzer, who spent four seasons as a writer-producer on the acclaimed FX series “American Horror Story. Feature: A Simple Favor – A stylish post-modern suburban noir  / Trailer 

Billionaire posterBILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB  It tells the true crime story of the ambitious entrepreneur and financial whiz kid Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), whose company of affluent young men from Beverly Hills, the BBC, grew into a Ponzi Scheme that turned homicidal in the Summer of 1984. Directed by James Cox.  Feature: Billionaire Boys Club – A 7-Year Journey from Page to Screen / Trailer 

 

 

BLACKKKLANSMANBLACKKKLANSMAN From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott. Feature:  BlacKkKlansman -Spike Lee’s latest expression of the facts of American life / Trailer

THE CHILDREN ACTTHE CHILDREN ACT Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Stanley Tucci) is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Adam is three months from his 18th birthday and still legally a child. Should Fiona force him to live? Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her. Directed by Richard Eyre. Feature:The Children Act raises complex ethical questions  / Trailer 

ELLENELLEN: THE ELLEN PAKKIES STORY  The heart-wrenching story of Ellen Pakkies (Jill Levenberg) caught the attention of people around the globe when she was accused of murdering her drug-addicted son, Abie, in 2007. It was directed by Daryne Joshua (Noem My Skollie) from a screenplay by Amy Jephta, with input from Ellen Pakkies herself. Feature: Amy Jeptha talks about writing the screenplay for Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story Trailer 

 

GOTTIGOTTI follows infamous crime boss John Gotti’s (John Travolta) rise to become the “Teflon Don” of the Gambino Crime Family in New York City. Spanning three decades and recounted by his son John Jr. (Spencer Rocco Lofranco), GOTTI examines Gotti’s tumultuous life as he and his wife (Kelly Preston) attempt to hold the family together amongst tragedy and multiple prison sentences.Raised on the streets of New York, young John Gotti found his way into the Gambino crime family, eventually having the boss removed and becoming head of the powerful family. His wife asked only one thing from John: to never expose their children to his profession. But he broke the vow, and John Jr. took his place as his father’s Capo.Directed by Kevin Connolly and written by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi. Feature: Gotti – An Emotional Exploration Of The Gangster World / Trailer 

JOHNNY ENGLISH 3JOHNNY ENGLISH 3 is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success. Directed by David Kerr. Written by William Davies. Feature: Johnny English Strikes Again – Satire At Its Best / Trailer    

leave-no-trace-movieLEAVE NO TRACE Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. The film is directed by Debra Granik from a script adapted by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Feature:  Leave No Trace – A True Story About Existential Survival Trailer 

mile-22MILE 22 Set in the volatile arenas of intelligence and global politics, director Peter Berg ushers in a new wave of modern combat cinema which follows an elite paramilitary team who embark on an urgent mission to transport a foreign intelligence asset from an American Embassy in Southeast Asia to an airfield for extraction — a distance of 22 miles. This asset possesses highly classified information, which could avert terrorist attacks of catastrophic proportions, and this team must race against time and through a gauntlet in enemy territory, as the city’s military, police, and street gangs close in, determined to reclaim the asset. Feature: Mile 22 – A gritty modern action-thriller set in a Fictional Reality /  Trailer 

NIGHT SCHOOLNIGHT SCHOOL Star Kevin Hart and producer Will Packer, who partnered for the hit Ride Along and Think Like a Man series, bring their signature style to Night School. The comedy from director Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip) follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the longshot chance they’ll pass the GED exam. Director: Malcolm D. Lee Writers: Kevin Hart & Harry Ratchford & Joey Wells & Matt Kellard and Nicholas Stoller and John Hamburg. Read more / Trailer /

 

NUNTHE NUN When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate.  Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret.  Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in “The Conjuring 2,” as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Directed by Corin Hardy, starring Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope.  Feature: The Nun explores another dark corner of the “Conjuring” universe / Interview with director Corin HardyTrailer 

THE PREDATORTHE PREDATOR (3D and IMAX)  From the outer reaches of space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. Feature:  The Predator – An explosive reinvention of the Predator series. /

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RECCE WEBSITETHE RECCE  Cinema audiences are waiting in anticipation for the release of what promises to be this year’s biggest war drama. Writer-director, Ferdinand Johannes Van Zyl believes that the film will provide a cinematic experience that is beyond the genre, a tale of survival, love, duty and sacrifice.This is also one of the first films in decades to explore issues regarding not only the Border War, but also the pain and suffering families had to endure during and after the conflict that lasted almost 20 years. It tells the story of how the South African Defence Force declared young Recce Henk Viljoen (stunning performance by Greg Krik) dead behind enemy lines and how it’s up to him alone to use everything he’s learnt and knows to make it back to his family. Add to this the fact that the enemy is hot on his trail, it’s clear that this is no ordinary story of survival across the treacherous war torn African landscape. Read more Trailer / Writer-Director Johannes Ferdinand van Zyl talks about his astounding new South African Film The Recce 

SGT STUBBY AN ALL AMERICAN HEROSGT STUBBY: AN ALL AMERICAN HERO Based on the incredible, real-life story of America’s most decorated dog – a stubby-tailed pup soon finds himself in the trenches of France, embarking on a historic adventure by his beloved Soldier’s side. A genuine, four-legged American hero and the first canine promoted to the rank of Sergeant in U.S. Army history. Feature: Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero – The real-life story of America’s most decorated dog  / Trailer 

 

SMALLFOOTSMALLFOOT An animated adventure for all ages, with an all-star cast and original music, this animated film turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery. was directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge” and Annie nominee for the screenplays for “Chicken Run” and “James and the Giant Peach.”  The screenplay was written by Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera, screen story by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra and Kirkpatrick, based on the book Yeti Tracks, by Sergio Pablos.  It features the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez. Directed by Karey Kirkpatrick. Feature:Turning a myth on its ear Trailer 

SUBMERGENCESUBMERGENCE James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. A deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Directed by Wim Wenders, based on the novel of same name by J. M. Ledgard. Feature: Submergence – A multi-layered cerebral love story   Trailer 

 

TABLE MANNERSTABLE MANNERS In South African filmmaker Leli Maki’s drama-comedy a wife and mother finds solace and hope in cooking, learning that all she needs is life’s three courses – family, food and love. Megan (Diaan Lawrenson) loses everything when her husband, Lloyd (Neels Van Jaarsveld), gets arrested for tax fraud and has to rebuild herself by rediscovering her love for cooking and the flavors of life. With the help of her best friend Lindiwe (Renate Stuurman), she learns that the path back home begins with realizing that she is enough and all she needs is her family, food and love. Life’s 3 courses made easy. Read more / Trailer /  SAFTA Award-winning writer and actress Nkuli Sibeko talks about crafting the screenplay for Table Manners

Behind The Scenes Features, Interviews & Trailers of 2018 Film Releases