19-29 July 2012. The 33rd Durban International Film Festival focuses on the blossoming African and particularly on the South African film industry.
On screen will be 290 international movies, but a special section will be dedicated to South African films.
The festival will be opened by a South African movie entitled Elelwani by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, starring Florence Masebe, which addresses the convergence of modernity and traditional culture. The closing film will be Ubuntu, directed by Wayne Thornley and the Triggerfish team, a delightful story of animal kingdom of Ubuntu in the pioneering 3D animation Adventures in Zambezia.
A rich programme of screenings includes many African movies, which have gained a great international success. Among the South African movies are: Man on Ground, directed by Akin Omotoso, on the effects of xenophobia; Me, You, Mankosi, directed by Linda Hughes, looks at survival in rural South Africa; the horror movie One Last Look by Philip Roberts; Roadmap to Apartheid, directed by Eron Davidson and Ana Nogueira, compares Apartheid South Africa to Israel-Palestine; Taste of Rain, directed by Richard Pakleppa, focuses on relationships in the Namibian desert; Zama Zama, directed by Vickus Strijdom, is a thrilling story of brotherhood and illegal mining.
On screen will be also a selection of international as well as European films including Le Havre by the Finnish director Aki Kaurismki, which won the Fipresci at Cannes 2011; Whore’s Glory by the Austrian director Michael Glawogger; The Ambassador by the Danish director Mads Brgger; the new German movie Baikonur by Veit Helmer.