Your Guide To What’s Happening On The Big Screen
Films Released in July 2017
Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, Times Media Films, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films. Dates subject to change, visit www.sterkinekor.com, www.cinemanouveau.co.za and www.numetro.co.za for cinemas where the films will be showing. Report broken links
Local Is Lekker: New South African Films
The impressive Afrikaans film Nul Is Nie Niks Nie is a heartwarming coming-of-age story about life, death and everything in between. The film tells the story of three friends (Hoender, Drikus and Chris) who set out to make Drikus’ last wish come true – to make a zombie movie. During their filmmaking process Hoender starts to deal with the loss of his father, he makes new friends, works on his self-confidence and realises that he has a lot to offer. Drikus’ love of life and determination brings the surrounding lifeless community together and gives them a new lease on life. Lizé Vosloo wrote the screenplay for this film, inspired by the youth drama Oor ‘n motorfiets, ‘n zombiefiek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan word by Jaco Jacobs. ”My vision is for the film to become a piece of cinema that will have a long life because of its theme of life and death, which is central to the story, says director Morné du Toit. ”We were loyal to the theme from the beginning and I hope the film reaches a broad audience that will find it inspiring to watch. I believe that stories have the ability to change lives, to bring hope where there was none, and life to where there was none.” Watch the trailer
In every country there is a person who is the butt of all jokes. In Ireland it is Paddy, in Israel it is Hymie, in South Africa, that person is Van der Merwe… The film Van Der Merwe tells his story.Set on the Van der Merwe farmstead, the story centers on Van’s daughter Marike who returns home from a gap year in England with her new fiancé George, a British boy who is studying to become a doctor. This creates all sorts of problems and challenges for Van as he tries to come to terms with the fact that his daughter is marrying an Englishman. Van’s father is strongly against this union of ‘Brit and Boer’ and implores Van to put an end to it. Van finds himself in a precarious situation with a difficult choice: risk the rath of his father by condoning the wedding… or obey his father, whose approval he so desperately wants, and risk losing his daughter forever. When the family of the English fiancé arrives on the farm, the fireworks really begin as the clash of cultures results in a number of side-splitting incidents and hilarious situations as we witness some classic Van der Merwe jokes played out in front of our eyes. Written and directed by Bruce Lawley, with Rob van Vuuren. Watch trailer
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear. It is the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts (Clown, Cop Car), with a screenplay by the writing teams of Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Watch the trailer
In the superhero comedy Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Dav Pilkey. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and Scholastic Entertainment, and animated by Mikros Image, it is directed by David Soren. Watch the trailer
History Revisited: From Real Life To Reel Life
Churchill is a British historical war drama film directed by Australian writer and film director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man). Fearful of repeating the invasion of Gallipoli in 1915, Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) attempts to stop the planned invasion of Normandy in 1944. Only the support of Churchill’s wife, Clementine (Miranda Richardson) , can halt the prime minister’s physical and mental collapse. British historical war drama Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. Watch the Trailer
The Odyssey explores thirty years in the life of captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau (Lambert Wilson), the famous researcher, scientist, inventor, filmmaker whose greatest achievement is to have made the general public more curious – and accordingly closer – to the sea. A genius, a leader of men and a charismatic opinion maker, Cousteau was not without defects, his being unfaithful to ever-supportive wife Simone for example or else his vainglory…, but let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The spectator leaves Cousteau in mid-1979 at the worst time of his life: his favourite son, Philippe, has just died in the crash of a plane he was piloting. The dashing conqueror of the sea has suddenly become a broken old man, tempted to discouragement but his eldest son Jean-Michel is by his side to help him overcome his grief and go on with his mission.This French-Belgian biographical adventure was directed by Jérôme Salle and written by Salle and Laurent Turner. Watch the Trailer
The epic action thriller Dunkirk is written, co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception). In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated. The group of soldiers is lead by Corporal “Tubby” Bins (John Mills), stranded in France, and must make their way to the shores of Dunkirk in hopes of a rescue. Back in Britain, Charles Foreman (Bernard Lee), a newspaper reporter, desperately tries to raise awareness among the public of the horrible reality of the war. When the British navy calls for all civilian ships to aid in a rescue, Foreman takes out his own small boat and attempts to bring Tubby and his men home safely. Watch the trailer.
The British-Indian historical drama Viceroy’s House takes us into the home of the British rulers of India in Delhi in 1947 during the Partition of India. The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Downstairs in the servants quarters, Mountbatten’s new manservant, Jeet falls for the daughter’s assistant, Alia and all manner of obstacles are put in their way. With Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten, and Gillian Anderson as Lady Mountbatten. The 1947 Partition of India has always been part of director Gurinder Chadha’s life. Though raised in West London, and born in Nairobi, Kenya 13 years after the controversial Mountbatten Plan struck a jagged line through the north-west of the freshly independent Union of India to create the Dominion of Pakistan, the British-Punjabi film-maker describes herself as someone who grew up “in the shadow of Partition”. The screenplay was crafted by Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini, and Chadha. Watch the trailer.
Zoe Saldana stars as “High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone in an already controversial new biopic Nina . Nina takes another strike by focusing on a period of the great singer’s life, her late years in France, that’s far less dramatic than numerous earlier stages. The film also hits a couple of fouls with its exceedingly expository dramatic approach and tendency to hip-hop through her career without going deep. It’s not the biographical film this stupendous, if mightily troubled, musical and political figure deserved, especially coming in the immediate wake of Liz Garbus’ riveting documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? last year. Debuting feature writer-director Cynthia Mort has spent nearly her entire career until now in television, variously as a writer, director and/or producer on the likes of Roseanne, Will & Grace and Tell Me You Love Me, while also writing Neil Jordan’s feature The Brave One. Watch the Trailer
After losing their college fund, Scott (Will Ferrell) and Kate (Amy Poehler) must figure out a way to earn some cash so their daughter (Ryan Simpkins) can go to school in the comedy The House. With help from their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), the couple start an underground casino in the basement of their house. As the money rolls in and the good times fly, Scott and Kate soon learn that they may have bitten off more than they can chew.Directed by Andrew J. Cohen (Neighbours) , who co-wrote it with Brendan O’Brien. Watch the trailer
Karan (Arjun) and Charan (Arjun) are identical twin brothers but their personalities are completely diverse in the Indian romantic comedy Mubarakan . Karan has grown up in London while Charan in Punjab. Karan is street-smart, calculative and flamboyant while Charan is simple, idealistic and honest in his approach! Karan is in love with Sweety (Illeana D’cruz) while Charan is in a relationship with Nafisa (Neha Sharma). Karan’s family fixes Karan’s wedding with Binkle (Athiya Shetty), daughter of one of the wealthiest families in London. He convinces his family to fix the match with Charan instead. The respective families are happy with this development except Charan because he wants to marry Nafisa. Watch the trailer
Live Theatre On The Big Screen
This latest production of multi Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Edward Albee’s masterpiece has received widespread critical acclaim. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? follows the breakdown of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, played by Olivier Award winners Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill. In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha (Staunton) invites a new professor Nick (Luke Treadaway) and his wife Honey (Imogen Poots) for after-party drinks, much to the displeasure of her husband George (Hill). As the alcohol flows and sunrise approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games, until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. Watch the trailer
Recorded live during its sell-out UK run at the National Theatre, Peter Pan follows the adventures of the leader of the Lost Boys who loses his shadow but finds strong-willed Wendy, who helps him reattach it. In exchange, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the evil Captain Hook (Olivier Award-winning Anna Francolini) await and a riot of magic, music and make-believe follows. Watch the trailer
Acclaimed South African writer and director Yael Farber directs an international cast in an urgent, hypnotic re-telling of Salomé , filmed live at National Theatre’s Olivier stage. An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head. Please note: Salomé contains nudity, and the characters depict and refer to sexual violence. Watch the trailer
In the techno-thriller The Circle a young female tech worker (Emma Watson) takes a job at a powerful internet corporation, quickly rises up the company’s ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation, which that involves privacy, surveillance and freedom. She comes to learn that her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity. Directed and written by James Ponsoldt, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dave Eggers. The film stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Paxton. Watch the trailer.
In the drama Wakefield Bryan Cranston takes on the role of a New York City lawyer who hides out in the attic of his home for weeks, coming out in the daytime when his family is gone to shower and eat. Howard Wakefield’s withdrawal leads him to examine his life, and he rationalizes that he has not abandoned his family because he is still in the house. When a former boyfriend re-enters his wife’s life, he realizes that he may not be able to return to life he has abandoned. It is directed and written by Robin Swicord, based on the short story of same name by E. L. Doctorow. Watch the trailer.
Isabelle Huppert is as brilliant as ever in her earnest portrayal of philosophy teacher Nathalie Chazeaux in the French-German drama Things To Come . As Nathalie is trying to carve out a new direction in life amidst student demonstrations, the questioning of her intellectual relevance, defining relationships coming to an end and becoming a grandmother, her former star student Fabien unexpectedly becomes both a compassionate friend and a fervent intellectual sparring partner. Things to Come has screened at numerous film festivals and won Hansen-Love the Silver Bear for Best Director at Berlin International Film Festival 2016. Isabelle Huppert’s performance won her several awards for Best Actress, incl. The New York Film Critics Circle’s and the Los Angeles Film Critics Associations’. Directed by Mia Hansen-Love, starring André Marcon, Roman Kolinka. French, German, English with English Subtitles (2016).Watch the trailer.
It’s Time For War
In War Of The Planet Of The Apes Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both of their species and the future of the planet. It is directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. It is a sequel to the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the third installment in the Planet of the Apes reboot series.Watch the trailer
The futuristic action-adventure Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is set in the 28th century, where special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) maintain order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. Under orders from their commander (Clive Owen), the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind. This French science fiction action film was produced, written and directed by Luc Besson. Watch the trailer.
Exhibition On Screen: Art On The Big Screen
British Museum presents Hokusai, a documentary and exclusive private view of the British Museum exhibition, Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.The documentary will be screened at Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau sites nationwide, the art cinema that promises a unique and inspiring cinema experience for film lovers with an appreciation of the beauty and artistry of film. Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, Hokusai focuses on the work, life and times of Katsushika Hokusai, painter and printmaker of the Edo (Modern Tokyo) period. Hokusai is regarded Japan’s greatest artist, who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists.The film uses spectacular close-ups and expert insights to show his wide-ranging influence and legacy. Using pioneering 8K Ultra HD video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history.The famous volcano Mount Fuji, which was a model for Hokusai in his quest for immortality during his later years, appears in the background of his most famous painting, ‘The Great Wave’, an image depicting an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast. Known as the father of manga, he vividly brought to life demonic mythological beings, erotica and fantasy. Interestingly, he is the only painter with his own emoji.Through much tragedy, and poverty, he never stopped striving for perfection in his work. The documentary is introduced by arts presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, and features artists David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Maggi Hambling, along with leading scholars of the day. He was a master, and as Hockney put it, “He was a prodigy, like Picasso.” Hokusai releases on Saturday, 15 July 2017, for four screenings only: on 15,19 and 20 July at 19:30 and on 16 July at 14:30 at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban. The running time is approximately 90 minutes, including an interval. For booking information on Hokusai visit www.sterkinekor.com / Watch the trailer
The Exhibition On Screen documentary Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood explored Goya’s eventful life spanning more than 80 years, exploring his artistic oeuvre and the latest in biographical research.As well as providing unrestricted access to the acclaimed exhibition Goya: The Portraits, the film builds a compelling portrait of the artist himself through insights from international experts, masterpieces from renowned collections and visits to the locations in which Spain’s most celebrated artist lived and worked. Watch the trailer