High praise for ‘Lace’ at Cannes
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