Eight South African films will be showcased at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival's Marche du Film (film market), which runs from 12 to 21 May, including South African-Angolan collaboration Dias Santana.

Written and directed by Chris Roland and Maradona Dias Dos Santos, Dias Santana was shot on location in both Angola and South Africa, and post-produced in Johannesburg.


A collaboration between Cape Town-based production company ZenHQ Films and Luanda-based Giant Sables Media Entertainment, the film partners South African actors Rapulana Seiphemo (Jerusalema, Tsotsi) and Nompilo Gwala (Isidingo, Saints & Sinners) with an international cast that includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails, Pirates of the Caribbean) and David O'Hara (Harry Potter, Wanted). The film will release in South Africa later this year.

It will be a busy Cannes for ZenHQ, which has another two films on the Marche du Film programme: Afrikaans fantasy love story Die Windpomp (under its English title The Windmill, and politically incorrect action comedy Bordering on Bad Behavior.

Bordering on Bad Behavior, starring Tom Sizemore, was recently voted Best Comedy at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in the US, and will also be on South African screens later this year.

The rest of the South African lineup comprises: family drama Ayanda and the Mechanic, the debut from Terry Pheto's production company Leading Lady; Necktie Youth, the directorial debut of Sibs Shongwe-La Mer; Assignment, the directorial debut of Laszlo Bene; writer/director Jon Savage's music mockumentary Stone Cold Jane Austen; and Natasja Fourie's short film adaptation The Man with the Heavy Leg.

Twenty local film producers, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry and led by the Association for Transformation in Film and TV (ATFT), will also be taking part in workshops at the Marche du Film.

The ATFT's Mayenzeke Baza said that exposing independent filmmakers to a global market "helps nurture and refine their art and talent in a way that contributes to the sustainability of the South African film and TV industry.

"By participating in past international markets, we have been able to showcase the inspiring creativity, energy and passion of South African film that exists within our country."

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), partnering this year with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, will host a South African Film Showcase at the South African Pavilion at Cannes.

Source: staff reporter
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