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Desmond Dube and Vaneshran Arumugam as the detective and the psychologist in Impunity.

Jyoti Mistry's new film Impunity, a thriller that casts an unflinching gaze on crime and corruption in contemporary South Africa, opens at cinemas in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town on Friday, 28 August.

Intercutting picturesque beachfront and bushveld scenes with the harsher realities of South African life, Impunity tells the story of a young couple who commit acts of violence, and two lawmen who find themselves caught up in political conspiracy during an investigation into the murder of a cabinet minister's daughter.

The organisers of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, where Impunity was selected for screening in the contemporary world cinema category, described the film as "an eye-opening jolt, casting an unwavering gaze on South Africa's increasingly troubling surrender to the banality of violence".

"The film invites self-reflection," Mistry said in a statement ahead of the film's opening on the local circuit. "Having screened the film at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, and earlier this year at the Durban International Film Festival, I'm interested to see how general South African audiences respond to the story and the visual language of the film."



Bjorn Steinbach and Alex McGregor play the young couple, while Desmond Dube and Vaneshran Arumugam play the police detective and psychologist whose investigation uncovers a trail of murders, confronting them with a moral dilemma involving the new political elite.

An associate professor at Wits University's Department of Film and Television, Mistry teaches writing for experimental film and documentary. Impunity is her second feature, following the experimental film The Bull on the Roof (2010) which was part of a retrospective on transgressive South African cinema at the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2013.

Impunity was produced by Blackboard Trust, Shadowy Meadows Productions and Bioskope Pictures. The film was made possible through a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, with additional funding from the Department of Trade and Industry, National Film and Video Foundation and Gauteng Film Commission.

  • Catch Impunity (16 LNSV) at Newtown Junction in Joburg, Sterland in Pretoria, or The Labia in Cape Town. In September, Joburgers can also see the film at The Bioscope in the Maboneng precinct.

Source: staff reporter

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