16 Jul The 35th Durban International Film Festival
The warm, laid back East coast city of eThekwini will once again become a cinephiles’s paradise as the 35th Durban International Film Festival hits its shores between 17th and 27th July 2014. This year, the ten day celebration of world class cinema will see over 200 screenings of new films from South Africa, the continent and the world, with a number of world premiere screenings of local and international films. These will be shown across 9 different venues in Durban.
This year’s DIFF will reflect on South Africa’s twenty years of democracy with a focus on film that explores the many diverse facets of the nation’s history over the past two decades. Other focus areas for this year include African cinema, British cinema, the Wildtalk Wildlife Film Festival, Wavescape Surf Film Festival and a programme of cinema centred on architecture, in acknowledgement of the city of Durban’s hosting of the International Union of Architects Congress 2014.
This year will see a record number of local films being shown during the festival – 40 feature-length films and 38 short films – most of them receiving their world premieres on Durban screens. Highlights include opening film, Hard to Get, the feature debut by Zee Ntuli. Other high-profile South African films being showcased include the engaging thriller Cold Harbour by Carey McKenzie; and Love the One You Love by Jenna Cato Bass, which explores a constellation of relationships between young South Africans.
This will be complimented by an expanded South African documentary programme of doccies that explore and interrogate our 20 years of freedom and democracy. Highlights include Khalo Matabane’s Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me; Tarryn Crossman’s controversial Fatherland; local electronic music exposé, Future Sound of Mzansi Directed by Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba; Richard Gregory’s The Last Boers of Patagonia; and Shield and Spear by Petter Ringbom.