2024 Film Releases in South Africa

Scroll down for TOP FILMS OF 2024 and films released from January to May 2024. Click on title for more information about the film and exclusive features.

  • GIRL YOU KNOW ITS TRUEA biographical film about the controversial late-1980s/early-1990s music duo Milli Vanilli that caused one of the most infamous scandals in international pop music. Grammy Award-winning music act Milli Vanilli become the first act to have their prize stripped from them after they are exposed as a fake enterprise with the singers lip-syncing to pre-recorded tracks. The film follows the meteoric rise of European dancers Rob Pilatus (from Germany) and Fab Morvan (from France) as Milli Vanilli to become one of the most successful pop duos of the late 1980s and early 1990s Written and directed by German-Austrian filmmaker Simon Verhoeven. – Trailer / In cinemas 21 June
  • CHIEF OF STATION -After learning that the death of his wife was not an accident, a former CIA officer and Station Chief is forced back into the espionage underworld, teaming up with an adversary to unravel a conspiracy that challenges everything he thought he knew. Written by George Mahaffey, directed by Jesse V. Johnson. – Trailer / In cinemas 21 June
  • DESPICABLE ME 4 – Gru (Steve Carell), the world’s favourite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent, returns for an exciting, bold new era of Minions mayhem, alongside his wife and fellow Anti-Villain League-agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig), their three adopted girls — Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Madison Polan) — and the sixth and newest member to the Gru family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad. The family is forced to go on the run when they become targeted by escaped criminal Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell) and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Sofía Vergara). The sequel to Despicable Me 3 (2017), the fourth main installment, and the sixth installment overall in the Despicable Me franchise. The film is directed by Chris Renaud, co-directed by Patrick Delage, and written by Mike White and Ken Daurio.  Trailer / In cinemas 28 June
  • TREASURE – Set in 1990, it tells the story of an American journalist Ruth who travels to Poland with her father Edek to visit his childhood places. But Edek, a Holocaust survivor, resists reliving his trauma and sabotages the trip creating unintentionally funny situations. a tragi comedy directed by Julia von Heinz. Based on the 1999 novel Too Many Men by Lily Brett – Trailer / In cinemas 28 June
  • HE’S NOT READY Thabo’s long- time girlfriend Zonke, gives him an ultimatum of either marrying her or letting her go. This sets Thabo on a journey of discovering whether or not he is ready to take the next step. To do this he decides he must undergo a personal journey of soul searching, preparation and testing to see if he can become husband/marriage material or call it quits. Along the way he encounters the advice and leanings of his friends and family but realizes that ultimately, he must make up his own mind. – Trailer / In cinemas 28 June
  • A QUIET PLACE: DAY ONE – The apocalyptic horror takes place before the first film, a woman named Sam must survive an invasion in New York City by bloodthirsty alien creatures with ultrasonic sound hearing. Written and directed by Michael Sarnoski, it is based on a story he conceived with John Krasinski. It serves as a spin-off prequel and the third instalment in the A Quiet Place film series. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, and Alex Wolff, with Djimon Hounsou reprising his role from A Quiet Place Part II. Trailer / In cinemas 28 June
  • ENCOUNTERS SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL – The 26th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which takes place in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 20 to 30 June, features a compelling line-up of films from around the globe that promise to spark debate, stimulate conversations, and shed new light on controversial subject matter. From the Congo to Kenya, USA and Europe, Lebanon to Japan with gripping tales of resilience to thought-provoking explorations of contemporary issues, these films reveal a rich tapestry of global storytelling and celebrate the power of documentary cinema to inspire, inform, and ignite change. Close to 50 films will be screened including: The multiple award-winning Soundtrack to a Coup d’État, is a riveting documentary that delves into the complex relationship between music and political upheaval. the Kenyan film Our Land, Our Freedom directed by Zippy Kimundu, is a highly charged conversation about stolen land that follows a woman’s attempt to reclaim ancestral land. Of particular interest are two fascinating films from Japan: In a raw, riveting, and singular work, playing like a procedural thriller for social media, Black Box Diaries (Japan/USA/UK) directed by journalist Shiori Itō bravely investigates a case of sexual violence perpetrated against her—to bring her powerful, politically connected assailant to justice. Then the beautifully photographed film – Johatsu – Into Thin Air directed by Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori explores the phenomenon of people who disappear known as Johatsu or “the evaporated” in Japan where around 80,000 people vanish every year. Cinemas that will screen the 2024 Encounters’ line-up: In Cape Town – Ster-Kinekor V&A Waterfront, The Labia Theatre / In Johannesburg – The Zone @ Rosebank, The Bioscope Independent Cinema / For more information and the full programme

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