The Joburg Film Festival, brought to you by MultiChoice, will kick off its six-day celebration of global film on 19 November 2019 with the South African premiere of locally-produced horror film 8, at the festival hub on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton.
Having won best foreign feature at the Idyllwild Film Festival in California in March and a Silver Remi at the Worldfest in Houston in April for their first film, The Recce
, Man Makes a Picture brings you their second offering, 8.
Playing on African folklore and mythology, 8
has been described as horrific on a primordial level: it portrays what happens when an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul. The film stars award-winning actor Tsamano Sebe (Of Good Report), Igne Beckmann (Escape Room), Garth Breytenbach (Troy: Fall of a City) and upcoming star, Keita Luna.
See the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Ivmhw2wg5s4
Between 19 and 24 November, audiences will be able to watch a total of 60 films and documentaries from around the world at six venues (within Auto & General Theatre on the Square and at a free outdoor screening area at Nelson Mandela Square); Ster-Kinekor Sandton City; Cinema Nouveau Rosebank; Maboneng’s Bioscope and Kings Theatre in Alexandra) across Johannesburg.
The Festival will play host to a number of stars, producers and directors, who
will participate in Q&A sessions after select screenings across the
programme, with daily red carpet premieres giving fans the opportunity to meet
the stars themselves.
“The Joburg Film Festival offers a multicultural cinema experience in the heart of Johannesburg,”
Joburg Film Festival Executive Director Timothy Mangwedi. “It’s a cinematic feast that
showcases thought-provoking, debate-stoking films from around the world, which
we can’t wait to share with the people of Johannesburg”.
MultiChoice Group Executive Corporate Affairs, Joe Heshu, says that the company’s support of the Joburg Film Festival is aligned to its role as Africa’s most-loved storyteller. “Our platforms have always supported the best in local and international films, with themed pop-up channels dedicated to film festivals. The Joburg Film Festival the physical manifestation of that support of cinema – offering film fans the chance to enjoy interesting, challenging films in the company of key cast and crew and explore their love for movies”.
The Joburg Film Festival line-up includes films from South Africa; Nigeria; Mozambique; Brazil; USA; UK; Morocco and more, with a mix of feature films and documentaries showcasing stories that cross cultural boundaries. Local horror film 8
Tshamano Sebe, Inge Beckmann, Garth Breytenbach & Chris April - it tells
the tale of an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, who then seeks
atonement after trading his daughter's soul. Idris Elba’s directorial
tells the story of a Jamaican immigrant in London who becomes consumed with
avenging the murder of his older brother. Frances-Ann Solomon’s Hero is inspired by the
life and times of Ulric Cross whose life spanned key moments of the 20th
Century like WW2, African independence, Black Power, the rise of a new brand of
Black leadership around the world - all events that have shaped the world
starring Octavia Spencer; Kelvin Harrison Jr; Naomi Watts & Tim Roth sees
liberal-minded couple, Amy and Peter Edgar, who are forced to reconsider their
image of their adopted son after they discover he has written an extremely
disturbing essay for his class at school.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami
delves into the story of larger than life performer and
model Grace Jones to discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even
grandmother. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and
her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is
played out. Where are you,
João Gilberto? sets out in the footsteps of German writer Marc
Fischer who obsessively searched for the legendary founding father of Bossa
Nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto, who has not been seen in public for
decades. Fanney Tsimong’s soulful documentary, My Culture, My Music, illustrates how music
has always been a powerful tool within South African culture. A host of South
African artists narrate what music and culture mean to them: connecting to the
body and soul, healing and providing a sense of being.
For a full listing of the 60 films which make up the Joburg Film Festival – and for information on how to book tickets when bookings open on 10 November - visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za