Film festival embraces ‘other’
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
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.