Allfemale led Farewell Ella Bella film production confirmed
THE allfemale led film production Farewell Ella Bella has been confirmed as being among features to make their debut at the 39th Durban Film Festival which kicksoff next month.
The film about a young woman on a journey to bury her father is directed by Lwazi Mvusi and is a production of free women features.
It is also the first feature film to emerge from The Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund Initiative supported by National Film and Video Foundation in association with Industrial Development Corporation and department of trade and industry.
Farewell Ella Bella tells the story of a young woman, Ella, who is played by Jay Anstey.
The character who has lost herself, her career opportunities and her love finds herself back home in the small town of Beaufort West, left caring for her alcoholic father.
When he passes away she is left with little to hold on to and decides to head to Johannesburg to bury her father’s ashes at her childhood home.
Along the way Ella meets people that once again revive her passion for life.
Mvusi said for her Farewell Ella Bella was a labour of love and a way of telling South African stories but with a focus on the female narrative, which is often sidelined in local and international cinema.
“But the heart of this film is built around the pursuit of happiness. It is a concept my father taught me to value above all else,” Mvusi said.
In the femalecentric DIFF this, Farewell Ella Bella, is one of the many films that tells the story of Africa women.
Among the features in competition will also be High Fantasy directed by Jenna Bass, in which a group of young South Africans have to navigate a personalpolitical labyrinth when they wake up to discover they have swapped bodies;
Also well as Sara Blecher’s Mayfair, a gangster film about a father and son.
Manager of DIFF Chipo Zhou said they wanted to showcase the fact that there are many ways to tell these stories from a cinematic point of view.