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2013-04-23 15:43
Cape Town - Blitz Patrollie, a new South African comedy about the misadventures of police officers Rummy Augustine (Joey Rasdien) and Ace Dikolobe (David Kau), has caused quite a stir, beating out 1 858 films to win a place at the world's biggest film festival, the Cannes Film Festival.

It was announced on Tuesday that the local comedy will screen on 17 May at the world's most prestigious festival which will also showcase highly anticipated new movies such as Behind the Candelabra, Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Zulu, The Bling Ring, and the new Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis.

The festival runs on the French Riviera from 15 to 26 May.

The film's stars, local comedy icons Kagiso Lediga and David Kau, will attend the 66th instalment of the annual event along with local producers John Volmik and Isaac Mogajane.

Mogajane had this to say about the new movie: "Every step of the film has been crafted with the audience in mind, and beyond anything else, we are hoping to give South Africans a serious bang for their buck!"

Madcap escapade

Blitz Patrollie's all-star cast includes stand-up comics Chris Forrest, David Kibuuka and Ronni Modimola as well as seasoned actors, Craig Urbani (Isidingo), Kid Sithole (Hotel Rwanda), June van Merch and Tracey-lee Oliver (Dream Girls SA).

In Blitz Patrollie, Rasidien and Kau play two police officers who have been stationed at the "Central" Police Station, the most chaotic police precinct in Johannesburg.

Rummy is bogged down with trying to start a family while his violent and abusive mother-in-law just won't move out.

Meanwhile, the overzealous Ace can think of nothing better to do than to put on his "lucky" bulletproof vest and head out to do battle with criminals.

The two accidentally stumble upon a massive drug haul and what ensues is a madcap escapade as the duo encounter some of the city's craftiest crooks in a race against time to catch the bad guys and claim their place in crime fighting history.

Blitz Patrollie releases at cinemas nationwide on 10 May.

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