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Upcoming Film Releases In South Africa: September 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
The sixth annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) will open this year’s festival at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau on Thursday, 21 September 2017 with the top 10 films selected from an Africa-wide search for filmmaking. Films will screen at Rosebank’s Cinema Nouveau and The Bioscope in Maboneng from 21-24 September 2017.
The Afrikaans film Vasselinetjie (22/9) tells the story of Helena ‘Vaselinetjie’ Bosman, a white girl raised by her loving coloured grandparents in a remote rural village in the Northern Cape, South Africa. However, upon learning that Vaselinetjie is not their biological grandchild, the welfare intervenes and decides to send Vaselinetjie to a state orphanage in the far away city of Johannesburg. Based on Anoeschka von Meck’s celebrated youth novel. It is a story about defining your identity and race within the turmoil of post Apartheid South Africa. Nicole Bond and Marguerite Van Eeden make their big screen debut as both older and younger Vaselinetjie. Other cast members include Arno Greeff, Elzet Nel, Elani Dekker, Marise Loots, Anchen Du Plessis, Daniah De Villies, Royston Stoffels and Shaleen Surtie-Richards. Written and directed by Corne Van Rooyen.
The electrifying South African drama Vaya goes on limited release at Cinema Nouveau, Rosebank in Johannesburg this Friday, 15 September before its release on 27 October, 2017. This is to qualify for consideration as South Africa’s official entry for the 2018 Oscars Best Foreign Language Film.
This masterful synthesis of big-city anxieties and aspirations is directed by Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso, who weaves together three separate stories to create a gripping yet compassionate portrait of small-town characters immersed in the intimidating, alluring, and dangerous world of big-city Johannesburg and Soweto. Beginning on a train travelling from the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, Vaya focuses on three passengers and follows each of them into the city. They’re strangers to one another, yet bound by interlocking destinies and a shared naïveté. Imagine a South African spin on Amores Perros and you’re partway there. Nkulu (Sibusiso Msimang) is charged with retrieving his father’s remains from the capital and bringing them back home for burial. What he doesn’t know is that a whole other set of relatives have their own plans. Zanele (Zimkhitha Nyoka) is chaperoning a young girl who’s en route to reunite with her mother, a singer who manages a tavern. When Zanele meets the mother’s charismatic boyfriend, he promises that he can get her on TV as a dancer, but there’s more to this offer than meets the eye. Nhlanhla (Sihle Xaba), excited by the prospect of getting rich quick, is caught up in criminal activities — ranging from kidnapping to murder — the moment he gets off the train. Shifting effortlessly between scenes of intimacy and of bracing violence, Vayaexudes compassion for each of these small-town characters but does not hold back from plunging them into the urban snakepit that awaits. Watch the trailer
Pop, Lock ‘n Roll (29/9) is a South African dance film about finding the strength the dance, always, despite life and its unexpected, and sometimes tragic curveballs. Loaded with a love story and set in the club scene in Cape Town, it’s a feel good rags to riches film about Raps, a gifted young dancer from the Cape Flats who thinks all he needs is fame and money, but it all gets complicated when he falls in love with the gorgeous young wife of the gangster-come-producer who’s making his career happen.The cast is led by avid dance and Isidingo mainstay, Maurice Paige, and singer-songwriter and actress, Yasirah Bhelz; directed by founder of Joziewood Films, Ziggy Hofmeyr. The film features heart stopping dance feats accompanied by some of South Africa’s best produced dance music mixes – it is set to be a favourite for many a South African. Watch the trailer
Action / Adventure
Tom Cruise and his Edge of Tomorrow director, Doug Liman, reteam for a new 1980s smuggler film American Made (1/9). Cruise plays a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States. The operation spawns the birth of the Medellin cartel and almost brings down the Reagan White House. Watch the Trailer
Trying to reconnect with his son Danny, big shot Wall Street broker Will (Bruce Willis) takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up in the action film First Kill (1/9). The trip takes a deadly turn when they go hunting and stumble upon several robbers and witness the murder of one of the criminals. After becoming entangled in a bank heist gone bad, which results in the kidnapping of Danny, Will is forced to help the kidnappers evade the police chief and recover the stolen loot in exchange for his son’s life. It is directed by Steven C. Miller and written by Nick Gordon. Watch the trailer.
Marvel’s The Inhumans will premiere in IMAX theaters on Sept. 1 before its official premiere on ABC on Sept 29. It explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the titular race from the Marvel comics, including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding king of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. Anson Mount plays Black Bolt; Iwan Rheon plays Black Bolt’s younger brother, Maximus the Mad; Serinda Swan will play the queen, Medusa; and Ken Leung will play Karnak. Executive producers on the series are Scott Buck–who previously worked on the Marvel series “Iron Fist”– and Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television. Jim Chory–who has worked on “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Defenders” series among several other Marvel shows–also executive produces. Roel Reine will direct the first two episodes. Marvel Television and ABC Studios are co-producing. Trailer
American Assassin (15/9) deals with Black ops recruit and counter terrorism agent Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) who is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions. Directed by Michael Cuesta, based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name.Watch the trailer
In the big-screen The Lego Ninjago Movie (29/9) adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu (Jackie Chan) , as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power. This Danish-American 3D computer-
In Kingsman: The Golden Circle (29/9) Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Merlin (Mark Strong), and Roxy (Sophie Cookson) head to the United States to join forces with Statesman, Kingsman’s American counterpart, after Kingsman’s headquarters is destroyed by Poppy (Julianne Moore), who is a member of the secret group “The Golden Circle” and also a notorious criminal mastermind. Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In The Golden Circle our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy… This British-American action comedy spy film is directed by Matthew Vaughn, and is the sequel to 2015 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. The series is based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Watch the trailer
Father, author and relationships expert, Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is on a whirlwind book tour promoting his new best seller, The Bounce Back (1/9). He’s got it all figured out until he meets the acerbic Kristin Peralta (Nadine Velazquez), a talk show circuit therapist who’s convinced he’s nothing but a charlatan. Matthew’s life is turned upside down when he inadvertently falls for Kristin and has to face the painful truth of his past relationship. Directed by Youssef Delara. Watch the trailer
In the romantic war drama The Exception (8/9) German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids. It marks the directorial debut of David Leveaux. Watch the trailer.
In the Nollywood film My Wife and I (15/9) Ebere (Omoni Oboli) and Toyosi (Ramsey Nouah) have been married for 17 years and have two teenagers. Ebere is a career woman/strict mother while Toyosi is a farmer/cool dad. They hit a bump in their relationship and at the insistence of their parents, go to pastor Theophilus (Seyi Law) for counselling. This comedy deals with the trials and tribulations of the duo who are successful in every other aspect of their lives, except their marriage. Directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and written by Chinaza Onuzo, My wife and I also features Ngozi Nwosu, Rachael Oniga, Seyi Law, Jemima Osunde, Bolanle Ninalowo, Dorcas Shola Fapson, Sambasa Nzeribe and Dozie Onyezuruika. Watch the trailer
In the romantic comedy Home Again (15/9) a recently separated mother of two (Reese Whitherspoon) starts a new life in Los Angeles, which is complicated by her decision to house three young, charismatic guys (Michael Sheen, Nat Wolff, Reid Scott). It was written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer in her directorial debut. Watch the trailer.
Victoria & Abdul (29/9) is a biopic directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. It is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria (judi Dench) and her Indian servant Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal). Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Watch the trailer
Crime – Drama
After his mother’s death, a young street magician (Jacob Latimore) turns to dealing drugs at parties to support his little sister in Sleight (1/9). When she is kidnapped by his supplier, he uses his sleight of hand and keen intelligence to find her. The film is directed by J.D. Dillard, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer and stars Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill, Storm Reid, Sasheer Zamata and Michael Villar. The film was released on April 28, 2017, by WWE Studios and Blumhouse Tilt. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $3 million worldwide, against its $250,000 budget. Trailer
Set against the backdrop of a jail, Lucknow Central (15/9) stars Farhan Akhtar playing a prisoner who forms a band along with other jail inmates. The walls are full of positive thoughts to inspire the prisoners, giving them an opportunity to improve and change their bad habits and start life afresh. directed by Ranjit Tiwari.
The comedy Fun Mom Dinner (1/9) is set in an unspecified corner of suburban Los Angeles, the kind of neighborhood where the families own SUVs, have big lots and are mostly white, the story revolves around four families whose kids all go to the same cozy elementary school. Harried mother-of-two Emily (Katie Aselton) was a high-powered lawyer before she met husband Tom (Adam Scott). However, now they’ve grown so distant and exhausted by parenthood, he can barely bring himself to kiss her on the mouth as he leaves in the morning. And that’s before her toddler throws the contents of his diaper in her face. Dope-smoking mom-of-four-boys Kate (Toni Collette), on the other hand, Emily’s best friend since college, has found a way to keep the love alive with her husband Andrew (Rob Huebel), thanks mostly to her willingness to dispense fellatio during commercial breaks and not giving a shit who she offends with her smart-ass ways.The screenplay by Julie Rudd (whose real-life husband Paul Rudd gets a wacky cameo as a medicinal marijuana dealer married to partner in legal-highs David Wain). Directed by Alethea Jones. Watch the trailer
In the heist comedy Logan Lucky (8/9) the Logans are a hardscrabble family from the hills of West Virginia, and their clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. But the conniving Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) decides its time to turn the family’s luck around, and with a little help from his friends, the Redneck Robbers, he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay by Rebecca Blunt. Watch the trailer.
In the Indian Hindi comedy Poster Boys (8/9) The world turns upside down for three men, Vinay Sharma (Bobby Deol), Arjun Singh (Shreyas Talpade) and Jaagavar Chaudhary (Sunny Deol),when they find their pictures on a poster promoting ‘nasbandi’ vasectomy. And then, starts their journey of getting humiliated by their families and society; rebelling against the system which landed them in this confusing mess in the first place. The film is co-produced and directed by Shreyas Talpade making his directorial debut. The film is an official remake of the 2014 Marathi hit Poshter Boyz which Shreyas had produced and acted in. It is inspired by a real life incident about three porters who found their pictures on a vasectomy poster. Trailer
The 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy The Emoji Movie (22/9) centers on Gene, a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a phone, when he sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents, after causing a misconception emoji. Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.written and directed by Tony Leondis. Watch the trailer
In 9/11 (8/9) a group of 5 people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens. Directed by Martin Guigui from script he co-wrote with Steven Golebiowski. With Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Luis Guzman, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda.
In the drama The Glass Castle (8/9) a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Four siblings must learn to take care of themselves as their responsibility-averse, free-spirit parents both inspire and inhibit them. When sober, the children’s brilliant and charismatic father captured their imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Meanwhile, their mother abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want to take on the work of raising a family. Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film is based on Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir of the same name. With Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. Watch the Trailer
in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (15/9) Norman (Richard Gere), a New York fixer, knows the right people and can get things done. When an Israeli dignitary named Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi) comes to the city, Norman decides to impress the man by buying him some very expensive shoes. It works and he establishes a strong connection to the man, but a few years later, when Eshel becomes the Israel prime minister, Norman can’t communicate with him anymore, and this threatens to destroy his reputation. Trailer
In the drama Stronger (22/9) Jake Gyllenhaal plays a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 who helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma. Written by John Pollono, based on the book of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Directed by David Gordon Green. Watch the Trailer.
Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World in Dark Tower (8/9) Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to the land Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) who is on a quest to reach the “Dark Tower” that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete. Science fantasy western horror film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the series of novels of the same name by Stephen King. The film is a quasi-sequel to the The Dark Tower book series, following the ending of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. Watch the trailer.
Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, It: Part 1 – The Losers’ Club (15/9) a group of outcast kids discover a shape-shifting entity, who may be linked to the recent cases of missing children in the town, but also face their own personal demons. The group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. Directed by Andrés Muschietti, and written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. It is intended to be the first installment in a planned duology, as well as being the second adaptation following Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 miniseries. With Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis. Watch the trailer
In the action-horror film Armed Response (15/9) a team of trained operatives find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down. There, they begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover what killed the previous team. Directed by John Stockwell (Kickboxer Veneance) With Dave Annable, Colby Lopez, Wesley Snipes and Eyas Younis. Trailer
National Theatre Live
Marianne Elliott’s production of Tony Kushner’s stageplay Angels In America forms part of the NT Live Season. Part Two: Perestroika, (2/9) picks up right where Millennium Approaches left off. Prior is in his bed with the angel hovering over him. He tells the angel to go away. The first act also reconnects with the play’s other characters. Hannah, Joe’s mother, takes care of poor Harper, who’s having a really hard time with the fact that Joe left her for a man. Roy Cohn, dying of AIDS, checks into a hospital to meet his new nurse, Belize. And Joe and Louis finally consummate their relationship.
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role in Yerma (22/9). A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note this broadcast does not have an interval. Please note that this performance of Yerma includes strobe lighting and includes strong language. Trailer
Exhibition On Screen
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition documentary Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (30/9) examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s. It explores the intriguing relationship between the world’s greatest artists and horticulture. It offers fresh insights from international gardening experts and art critics in order to bring the history of the garden’s relationship with art to life. Interviews with renowned modern artists Lachlan Goudie and Tania Kovats will also reveal how the relationship between the artist and the natural world continues to flourish in the 21st century. Watch the trailer