South African Filmmaking

New Releases

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 23 August

RAFIKI The film follows two stylish teens, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), who crush on each other despite their families’ political rivalry. When love blossoms between them, they must contend with small town busybodies and the judgment of their conservative society. With the support of numerous international funders and the participation of six co- producers led by South African production company Big World Cinema, pre-production began in December 2016 and was the first Kenyan film in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). Interview with writer-director
Writer-director Wanuri Kahiu
Trailer
/ Showing from 30 August

BACK OF THE MOON 1958 Sophiatown. On the eve of his home being demolished by apartheid police, Badman a notorious gangster decides to fight them to the death. But then Eve, a gorgeous torch singer is thrust into his orbit. On the last day of his life Badman finds something worth living for. The film won the Best South African Feature Film at the 40th Durban International Film Festival. Written and directed by Angus Gibson, a founding member of Free Filmmakers, established in 1985 to create a relevant South African cinema. Co-written by Libby Dougherty. Trailer / Showing from 6 September

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

LOSING LERATO is a beautifully told South African action/thriller about a successful young black man who takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping his daughter after life, the law and the woman he once loved separate them. His actions put him on a collision course with the law and he finds himself in a high-stakes hostage situation. Directed by Sanele Zulu, screenplay by Ricardo Arendse and Kagiso Modupe. With
Kagiso Modupe and Tshimillo Mosupe. Trailer / Showing from 13 September

MOFFIE Directed by Oliver Hermanus from an original screenplay by Hermanus and Jack Sidey , the film is based on the memoir, Moffie, by André-Carl van der Merwe and tells the story of a conscript who embarks on his military service in 1981 South Africa. The film stars Kai Luke Brummer in his first film lead performance as well as a cast of sixteen young actors, many of whom make their feature film debut. Showing from 20 Sept.

CUT-OUT GIRLS is the story of how six young women’s lives are altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen. Kevin and Mike are young men trying to get ahead in the competitive world of tennis. When one of them discovers a dangerous key that can unlock their potential, things get out of hand. Their worlds become intertwined and spiral out of control. A small series of seemingly insignificant moments weave together with devastating consequences. In every moment lies a choice. The frightening truth is that we all can turn from ‘us’ to ‘them’. The trick, the prayer, the hope is that we won’t. Cut-Out Girls is inspired by the #MeToo movement and is a film about date rape aimed at creating social change. Written and directed by Nicola Hanekom. With Joel Rosenblatt, Ashleigh van der Hoven , Cody Montein. Trailer/ Showing from 27 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