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Films at the National Arts Fest 08

2008-07-07 15:57
Cold Heaven
Director: Nicolas Roeg Sin, deceit, infidelity and the undead. Yep, the undead. Nicolas Roeg densely wraps up all these elements in the constructs of a thriller. Theresa Russell is cast as a cheating wife, who is visited by the apparition of the Mother Mary. The Virgin tells her to "rebuild the sanctuary". As the film's convoluted plot unravels, a strong religious subtext emerges. If you're not a fan of Roeg's intricate storytelling techniques, give Cold Heaven a miss. But it's a must-watch for all potentially deceitful spouses.
- Megan Kakora

Lullaby (2008) Darrell James Roodt
Anyone who sees this film will shut their yaps about local film being crap. It's not a film about racism, it doesn't espouse rainbow nationhood and the new SA it portrays doesn't have that new car smell. Lullaby keeps it real. It's also a world-class film in terms of editing and sound. So if you're looking for a reason to boycott Hollywood blockbusters, this is a good one. The story of the lengths to which a mother's love for her son can drive her is set in Hillbrow, Joburg. Action-packed and emotionally wrenching, South African cinema has arrived.
- Natalie Sineke
(Unlike Natalie, Darryl Roodt hated his own film. Watch the video interview) Voice in the Dark
Director: Vincent Cox
There's something about the dead that brings out a voice of appeasement in the living. Perhaps out of respect, perhaps out of fear but we dare not say the film starring the late Lucky Dube was a B-grade flop of a thriller. Well, political correctness aside Voice in the Dark was good mainly as proof that Lucky should have stuck to music. The value of this film is not found where you'd usually look for signs of cinematic brilliance. It lies in the fact that Lucky is brought to life again on the silver screen. And Vincent Cox made a good decision in squeezing as many Dube songs as he could into this oh-so-nineties film.
- Natalie Sineke

Gifting it
Directed by Renea Roberts (2002)
This documentary is a rudimentary exploration of the Burning Man festivals in the Black Rock Desert. Though relatively straight-laced, it's worth watching it to get the vibe before you attend Africa Burns in October 2008.
- Megan Kakora

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