High praise for ‘Lace’ at Cannes

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SOUTH African short film Lace has re­ceived high praise from au­di­ences at the 72nd Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

The movie, di­rected by Kgosi Choene and Neo Nt­laleng of Viva Pictures, was part of the of­fi­cial selec­tion of the Cannes Short Cor­ner.

Al­though the film screened at Filma­palooza 2019 in Orlando, Florida (U.S.) ear­lier this year, fin­ish­ing in sec­ond place in the com­pe­ti­tion, the film-mak­ers were ex­cited to show it in Cannes.

“We were re­ally ex­cited about the au­di­ence at the most pres­ti­gious film fes­ti­val watch­ing it. Feed­back from the most prom­i­nent peo­ple in our in­dus­try will be highly ap­pre­ci­ated,” said writer and di­rec­tor Choene.

“Even though we’ve re­ceived amaz­ing feed­back on the film be­fore, noth­ing com­pares to the re­cep­tion we re­ceived in Cannes.

“To be recog­nised by our in­dus­try peers is such a great hon­our; one we will for­ever be eter­nally grate­ful to the Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion for.” Kgosi Choene and Neo Nt­laleng at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val.

Lace — which won awards for best ac­tor, best di­rect­ing, best ef­fects, best spe­cial ef­fects and best writ­ing at the 48 Hour Film Pro­ject — is a sci-fi drama set in the leafy suburbs of Johannesbu­rg.

Star­ring Richard Lukunku and Enhle Mbali Ma­phu­mulo, the story cen­tres on Gar­vey, a man hope­lessly in love and pre­par­ing to pop the ques­tion to his long-time girl­friend.

Un­for­tu­nately, what should be a night of ex­cite­ment turns into a night of tragedy, which, through tech­nol­ogy, Gar­vey re­lives over and over again.

Asked where the idea come from, Choene said: “We had to do a sci­ence-fic­tion movie, and the most sig­nif­i­cant ref­er­ence was from Black Mir­ror. Our cin­e­matog­ra­pher, Diego Olivier, came up with the idea.”

Com­ment­ing on the way the film has con­nected with au­di­ences he ad­mits to be­ing rather sur­prised, adding: “Lace is such a short film, but I be­lieve that be­cause it is so re­lat­able, peo­ple have ac­tu­ally en­joyed it.”

As for what new projects he has lined up, Choene said he is writ­ing a fea­ture-length movie and he and Nt­laleng are also work­ing on a cou­ple of TV shows with Viva pictures.

He added: “The fu­ture looks rather ex­cit­ing!” • [email protected]­ness.co.za

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