A tale of three smokers

2008-07-22 00:00

AMONG the films premiering at the Durban International Film Festival is Three Cigarettes, which gets its first outing at the KwaSuka Theatre on Thursday at 6 pm.

Three Cigarettes is the latest film from Stephen de Villiers, former University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg drama and media student, who also made the film Commando, which won an M-Net EDiT Award for Cinematography recently and was selected to compete at the prestigious Sehesuchte Student awards in Berlin (the largest student film festival in Europe). Commando is also screening at the Durban International Film Festival.

Three Cigarettes was produced independently, without the support of a film school or financial backers. All the filmmakers involved in the process were full-time students under the age of 23 when the film was shot in early 2007.

The cast and crew of Three Cigarettes will be introducing the film and will also conduct a post-screening question-and-answer session.

The narrative of the film presents three distinct but interconnected stories. It tells the tales of Angela, a soon-to-be married young bride, Bong’Kosi, an unemployed cripple, and Jennifer, a recently single and pregnant young woman. All three face major dilemmas as their stories are inexorably woven together. The narratives are presented and framed using the bracketing device of the length of time it takes each character to smoke a cigarette.

The film stars local Durban actors, Sasha de Merigny, Bhoyi Ngema and Genevieve Akal in leading roles with comedy duo Liam Magner and Jacobus van Heerden, of Tokoloshi Come and Go fame, in supporting roles. The film has a running time of 40 minutes.

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