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DOMINEE TIENIE (PASTOR TIENIE) After sixteen years as the pastor of the mother church, Tienie Benade (Frank Opperman) is confronted with a steep decline in the number of churchgoers and a modern society that is rapidly changing. Do clergymen, or even the church, still have a role to play in this world? He is trying his best to adapt and make sense of the changes, but, in the process, he is alienating his wife and children. After an incident with a dying vagrant, Tienie finds himself at a crossroads. Would he be able to regain his self-confidence and win back the love of his family and would he be brave enough to provide guidance to his congregation in this new era? Based on the play by Dana Snyman. Written and directed by Sallas de JagerRead more / Trailer / Showing from 25 January

3 DAYS TO GO3 DAYS TO GO No matter how long it has been since you last saw your relatives, meeting up at family gatherings – especially funerals – can lead to drama and more drama. This typical, and often very emotional, scenario is also the inspiration behind award-winning producer Bianca Isaac’s directorial debut, 3 Days To Go, which puts family relationships in the spotlight!  Read more / Showing from 25 January, 2019

MATWETWE (Wizard) Matwetwe (Wizard) is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of one action packed New Year’s Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a king pin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious and sometimes very serious escapade. Written and directed by Kagiso Lediga.  Read moreTrailer / Showing from 25 January 

SEW THE WINTER TO MY SKIN A rousing, action-adventure-epic set in early 1950’s rural South Africa, chronicling the captivating chase and suspenseful capture of the native outlaw, John Kepe. This self-proclaimed “Samson of the Boschberg” inevitably became a political threat to the very fabric of the ruling colonial society. A South African Epic written and directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 February. 

DIE STROPERS (The Harvesters) South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love. Written and directed by Etienne Kallos, a Greek-South African Director. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 February

DIE SEEMEEU Christiaan Olwagen (Johnny is nie Dood nie, Kanarie) adapts Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull, to film, and places it in South Africa in the 1990’s, almost one hundred years after it was written. Each of Chekhov’s skillfully drawn characters – the vain and self-absorbed theatre diva Irene (Sandra Prinsloo); her ailing and ageing brother Piet (Marius Weyers); the self-doubting, insecure, lovelorn playwright and neglected son Konstant (Albert Pretorius); the naïve, ingenue Nina (Rolanda Marais); the gloomy, alcoholic, dope smoking Masha (Cintaine Schutte); the cheerful philosopher and witness to the drama Dr Eugene (Gerben Kamper); the brash farm manager Elias (Deon Lotz); his long suffering wife Paulina (Martelize Kolver); the puppy dog, poverty-stricken teacher Simon (Geon Nel); and the famous writer Boors (Alyzzander Fourie) – grapple with inner fears, longings, doubts, regrets, recriminations and miseries. All of them, of course, of their own making.Performed in Afrikaans, with English subtitles, the characters are easily recognised, yet appear as if they were written for this new setting.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 March

ANDER MENS From highly acclaimed South African director Quentin Krog (Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling / Vir die Voëls) comes this star-studded action romance film, based on the novel of the same name by Zirk van den Berg. Bennie Fourie takes on the role of Daniel Niemand – a punch bag type of oke whose wife left him for their marriage counsellor and that’s only the start of his troubles. Showing from 5 April

KANDASAMYS: THE WEDDING Building on the theme developed in the first movie, ‘Kandasamys: The Wedding’ (KTW) will centre on the much-anticipated Naidoo/Kandasamy wedding. Director/Writer Jayan Moodley reprises her roles in the sequel and is all set to make the big screen come alive with more side-splitting comedy and heart touching moments as the two Chatsworth families plan the wedding of the year (or if the Mother of the Bride would have it – The Wedding of the decade in spectacular Kandasamy style!) Showing from 19 April

KINGS OF MULBERRY STREET The escapades of two young South African Indian boys who have to overcome their differences and band together in order to defeat the bullying local crime lord who threatens their families. It is a charming and hilarious adventure, with universal themes that will appeal to the whole family. The film also pays tribute to classic 80’s Bollywood movies and their heroes. Written and directed by director and producer Judy Naidoo. Showing from 28 June

FIELA SE KIND A coloured woman living in the arid Karoo takes in a lost white child and raises him as her own. Nine years later, the boy is removed and forced to live in the Knysna Forest with a family of woodcutters who claim that he is theirs. Written and directed by Brett Michael Innes from the novel by Daleen Matthee. Showing from 13 September

THE STORY OF RACHELTJIE DE BEER Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer and filmmaker Brett Michael Innes, the film tells the story of Afrikaans family, the De Beers, who are forced to find shelter on a local farm in the Eastern Free State of South Africa in the 1800s. Winter has arrived and, as dark clouds laden with snow start to roll in over the Drakensberg mountains, tragedy strikes. Read more/ Showing from 18 October

THE UNFAMILIAR A British Army doctor comes back from a war, thinking that she has PTSD only to discover that there is a more daunting malevolence at work making the life that she knew unfamiliar. Directed by Henk Pretorius, screenplay by Henk PretoriusJennifer Nicole Stang. Read more / Showing from 8 November

24 HOURS TO LIVE / ABRAHAM / THE ACCIDENT / ALISON /  BABY MAMAS /

 BEYOND THE RIVER / BYPASS CATCHING FEELINGS /

  DIE REBELLIE VAN LAFRAS VERWEY / DIS EK, ANNA  / DIS KOUE KOS, SKAT

 DORA’S PEACE /ELLEN: THE ELLEN PAKKIES STORY /  FAREWELL ELLA BELLA /

  FINDERS KEEPERS FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES /

FRANK AND FEARLESS / 

HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD JAGVELD 

 / THE JAKES ARE MISSING JOHNNY IS NIE DOOD NIE  /

 KALUSHI – THE SOLOMON MHLANGA STORY  /  KANARIE /

 KEEPING UP WITH THE KANDASAMYS / KROTOA  / LIEWE KERSFEESVADER

 LOOKING FOR LOVE  ‘N MAN SOOS MY PA / MAYFAIR /

MIGNON MOSSIE VAN WYK

  MODDER EN BLOED / NOEM MY SKOLLIE / RAAISELKIND THE RECCE

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS 

SIEMBAMBASNAAKS GENOEG / STROOMOP / SUSTERS / TESS /

 TABLE MANNERS / THE TOKOLOSHE /

 THE TRIBEVASELINETJIE / VAYA / WONDERLUS