Four South African films showing at Cannes

2017-05-16 14:31

Cape Town – The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, 17 May.

The most prestigious film festival on the movie calendar brings a mix of Hollywood A-listers and world cinema to the French Riveria.

And this year three South African films will be showcased at the festival.

Here are four films that will be screened:

She is King – 17 May

This dance film stars Khabonina Qubeka, Gugu Zulu, Aubrey Poo, Mbuso Kgarege, Mandisa Nduna and Zoe Mthiyane.

Khanyisile is a talented singer/dancer/actor who wants to be a star. She travels from her home in Nongoma to audition for a new musical. 

She lands a role in the chorus and catches the eye of the best looking dancer in the show, charming soap star Luyanda. 

Asinamali – 18 May

Mbongeni Ngema is the writer, director, producer and lead. 

Asinamali is the film version of the successful stage play musical of the same name produced in 1985.

A prison musical, it follows various prisoners as they think back on their past and events leading to their arrest. The hardship of prison life is told through the experience of inmates.

My Zulu Wedding – 21 May

The romantic comedy has a well-known local cast including: Pallance Dladla, Lorcia Cooper, Kelly Khumalo, Treasure Tshabalala, Jerry Phele and Nondumiso Tembe.

It also stars US actors Darrin Dewitt Henson and Carl Payne.

The story centres on Lungile (Tembe) a choreographer who will do a lot to avoid falling in love. She avoids going home to South Africa, where she's traditionally engaged to a king (Dladla). But when she meets her soulmate Tex (Henson) she has to face her complicated past.

The First Week – 23 May

This short film bagged the top prize at the Cape Town 48 Hour Film Project.

Directed by Luke Mason and produced by Chris Mason, The First Week is the inaugural offering from the newly established company, Mason Brothers Films.

It tells the story of a man coming to terms with the sudden loss of his hearing and will be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner.

See the film here:

The First Week from Luke Mason on Vimeo.

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