Great Line-up at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival (21-31 July 2011)
The 32nd Durban International Film Festival, supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (principal funder), National Film and Video Foundation, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and other valued funders and partners, kicks off on 21 July with the World Premiere of the South African film Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher.
Set during the last days of apartheid, the Durban-shot filmtells the story of a group of South African township youngsters who discover surfing as an empowering escape from the political violence of the times. There is drama, romance, rivalry, and tragedy in this convincing fulfilment of local filmmaking potential.
Between the 21st and 31st of July, the festival will be crammed with great films from around the world. Skoonheid, Oliver Hermanus’s groundbreaking film that caused a stir at the recent Cannes film festival, will have its first South African screening at the festival.
DIFF will also present the World Premieres of Charlie Vundla’s noir film How To Steal 2 Million, John Barker’s thrilling heist flick 31 Million Reasons, Faith Isiakpere’s crime drama The Algiers Murders, Eldorado by new talents Shaldon Ferris and Lorreal Ferris, the hilarious comedy Taka Takata by Damir Radonic, and The Dream by Zuko Nodada. Making their African Premieres are Mukunda Michael Dewil’s psychological thriller Retribution and Paula van der Oest’s moving film about Ingrid Jonker, Black Butterflies.