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Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Opening Night Film: Of Good Report Dir. Jahmil X.T. Qubeka. With Mothusi Magano, Petronella Tshuma, Phoenix Mabote. South Africa. 2013. 109min. Deemed so incendiary that it was temporarily banned, Of Good Report is a stylish nod to film noir; high school teacher Parker Sithole realises that his love for his student is forbidden; faced with a moral dilemma, he makes the wrong choice, with disastrous consequences. Shot in seductive monochrome, this film is a dizzying trip into a debased mind.
Followed by a Q&A with Director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun The Chadian director Mahamet-Saleh Haroun has, in the last two decades, gradually cemented his reputation as one of the most respected cinema auteurs. His carefully composed moral dramas are justly feted for their pared-down, Bressonian approach to tackling the conundrums of the human condition; they appear quiet on the surface, but always have multiple layers to be unpicked. We are screening three of his most well regarded works to date at this year's festival, including Grisgris, which won the Vulcan Award for Cinematography, Cannes 2013.
Dry Season (Daratt) Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Chad/France/Belgium/Austria. 2006. 96min. Set in the wake of the long Chadian civil war, 16-year-old Atim is sent by his grandfather to the city to kill his father’s assassin.
A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie) Dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Chad/France/Belgium/Austria. 2006. 92min. Driven to despair by a brutal economy and war, a father is forced to make a terrible decision for his son.