Film fes­ti­val em­braces ‘other’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - ARTS - Abhinanda Datta

THE Mother City will soon play host to some of the best films from around the world, with the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Film & Mar­ket Fes­ti­val (CTIFMF) set to be­gin at the V&A Wa­ter­front on Oc­to­ber 12, fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of films with an

LGBT theme.

Speak­ing to Week­end Ar­gus ahead of the launch, fes­ti­val direc­tor Leon van der Merwe said: “Our main idea be­hind this fes­ti­val is to bring world cin­ema that we do not see in the every­day com­mer­cial sphere to the peo­ple.”

The fes­ti­val, which is cur­rently in its 10th year, will this year have a strong LGBT fo­cus, in tan­dem with this year’s theme – ac­cep­tance of the ‘other’, the peo­ple that are frowned upon.

A separate cat­e­gory has been ded­i­cated to it and the best LGBT film will be awarded.

Ac­cord­ing to Van der Merwe, they re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to the call for en­tries.

Apart from the bril­liant Heart­stone by Guð­mundur Arnar Guð­munds­son – a touch­ing tale about com­ing to terms with one’s true sex­ual iden­tity – sev­eral other cut­ting-edge fea­tures will also be screened, in­clud­ing Loev, a path-break­ing film about ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity from In­dia.

“This is an at­tempt to cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween peo­ple and var­i­ous re­li­gious and ide­o­log­i­cal view­points.

“We are try­ing to deconstruct the theme of the ‘other’,” Van der Merwe said.

A to­tal of 122 films from 50 dif­fer­ent coun­tries will be screened, which will in­clude works by Fin Man­joo (Wood­wind), John Warner (In­doda); Fer­di­nand van

Zyl (The Recce) and An­dre Oden­daal (Gat in die Muur).

The short films have al­ways been a strong com­po­nent of the fes­ti­val and this year is no dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple can watch fas­ci­nat­ing works by young South African direc­tors such as Liana Has­sim (Gra­cie), Jesse Brown (Post) and Devon Del­mar (Un­der the Static).

The wide range of films aside, a Film Mar­ket will be held for four days, from Oc­to­ber 18-21, con­sist­ing of net­work­ing events, speak­ers and work­shops, sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the film in­dus­try across Africa.

The Film Mar­ket will be graced by per­son­al­i­ties like South African ac­tor and direc­tor, Sharlto Co­p­ley of Dis­trict 9 fame; and Academy Award-win­ning pro­ducer of the Shrek films, Aron Warner. There is also an in­ter­est­ing line-up of panel dis­cus­sions about film crit­ics, the role of direc­tors and movie sound­tracks.

At the end, films from the var­i­ous cat­e­gories will be awarded.

For those who have missed this grand event be­fore, the Panorama 360, a screen­ing of films that are not com­pet­ing this year, will pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity to view some in­ter­na­tional film high­lights of the past few years.

“My ex­pec­ta­tions are just for the peo­ple to en­joy the high­lights and the films that they will never see again, and em­brace this film cul­ture,” Van Merwe said.

The fes­ti­val runs un­til Oc­to­ber 21.

Tick­ets are avail­able on their of­fi­cial web­site www. film­fes­ti­val.capetown

A scene from the film In­doda.

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