Cape Town International Film Festival kicks off with red carpet

2017-10-05 14:56

Cape Town - With just one week until the VIP red carpet opening night of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, the excitement is heating up. 

The event promises to be a feast of film, with dozens of films from all over the world screening in competition. As the face of the festival, Pearl Thusi will be in attendance at the opening night along with a host of other South African celebrities and industry professionals. 

Additionally a host of South African films will have their World or South African Premieres in red carpet events attended by filmmakers, actors, VIPs and celebs. 

Guests can take part in these events and be part of the excitement and glamour that makes up a movie premiere.

3 must-see premieres

World Premiere District Six: Rising from the Dust

When and where: 15 October, 17:00 Nu Metro V & A Waterfront

What it's about: The memory of District Six is an iconic to Cape Town as Table Mountain, and each story is unique. Filmmaker Weaam Williams’ mother Nazley Hartley was one of the 60 000 to 80 000 people who were forcibly removed from District Six. The documentary is a deeply personal story, that examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of intergenerational pain and dispossession of wealth.

World Premiere Woodwind 

When and where: 16 October, 20:00 Ster-Kinekor V & A Waterfront

What it's about: The extraordinary work by Fin Manjoo, Woodwind, is a deep journey of a doubter, a composer who would rather believe in his own madness than the existence of the extraordinary. The feature film, made in India and South Africa, and was shot by Swiss cinematographer Nicolas Joray (The Yellow Star, Bye Bye Berlusconi and Baltic Storm), whose three decades of experience was invaluable during the most challenging conditions in India. Durban born director Manjoo is now based in Cape Town where the film was partly shot.  

South African Premiere Matwetwe 

When and where: 18 October 20:00, Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau V & A Waterfront

What it's about: Kagiso Lediga’s crime-comedy film fuses local oral storytelling traditions to the American indie ethos and tells the story of Lefa, whose life is on the cusp of major change. Accepted into university to study botany, he’s about to leave the ghetto township that has been his home behind if only his deadbeat father will come through with his school fees. 

Tickets for these and a host of other events can be purchased via the respective cinema websites. Day and festival passes can be purchased here and the full screening schedule is available here.

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