Cape Town – The Afrikaans romantic comedy French Toast opening in cinemas nationwide this weekend promises to be a feast for the eye.
Shot over three months in beautiful locations in South Africa and France it has that international appeal that will definitely draw in viewers.
When photographer Lisa (Lika Berning) discovers that she has a sibling somewhere in France she sets off to Paris to find her lost brother or sister. There she meets French chef Jean-Pierre (Thierry Ballarin) who agrees to help her find her sibling if she takes the pictures for the new cookbook he is working on.
Lika and Thierry Ballarin paid us a visit to talk about their new film.
French Toast has been years in the making. Producer Paul Kruger actually told Lika about the film almost five years ago when she first expressed interest in the role.
"Paul went on to do other projects and I in the meantime had my first child. Last year he called me up and told me the project was back on," says Lika.
When it comes to Thierry, the role seems to have chosen him.
"I had just arrived in South Africa with the sole purpose of seeing penguins in Cape Town. A friend of mine told me about this producer friend of hers that she wanted me to meet. Upon meeting me Paul said, 'I want him'," recalls Thierry.
It was only later that Thierry heard about the project. He auditioned for the role and the rest is history.
"My character and I have a lot in common, we have the same views about life. The character was very interesting to me especially the love story between a South African woman and a Frenchman. I have travelled a lot and wherever you go you learn that people are the same. It was very beautiful to show it," says Thierry.
They shot in Paris for ten days on a very tight budget.
“I love Paris,” says Lika. “For a South African team with our kind of budget it was real privilege to shoot there. It brings an international flair and quality that will sell the movie. There are so many Afrikaans films and if you have something different it will draw the crowd.”
Thierry says that the footage and pictures of Paris are some of the best he has seen.
"Paris is well shown, it is incredible what the editing and photography team did, we were a small team with only 10 days to film. They did amazing work," says Thierry.
And how did Thierry cope with all the Afrikaans?
"Thierry had to keep up with us. Every now and then you’d hear Thierry say you have to translate for me," says Lika.
"Thank goodness Lika could understand and explain to me. The moment I understood ‘ons gaan braai’ I knew everything was perfect," adds Thierry.
The movie has a strong foodie element to it so we decided to find out what their taste in food are with the game ‘Yummy’ or ‘Gross’.
3. Blue cheese
5. Pronutro with hot milk, butter and viennas
6. Frog legs
7. Chocolate croissant
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