DIFF’rent pleasures

2010-07-03 00:00

THERE is life after the World Cup — and the 31st Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) is doing its bit to provide it.

That’s the word from Peter Rorvik, director of the Centre For Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, speaking at yesterday’s launch of the festival, which this year runs from July 22 to August 1.

“The international flavour of the World Cup will be carried through in this year’s DIFF,” he said, adding that the festival gave people the chance to see films not normally seen on the big screen in South Africa.

Rorvik said that of the 10 South African feature films being screened at this year’s festival, nine will have their world premieres on home soil. It marks a change from years gone by, when South African filmmakers chose to first screen their work at film festivals abroad, then show them at home. In addition to the feature films, there will be 21 South African documentaries and 22 locally made short films.

The festival will open with Khalo Matabane’s State Of Violence, a powerful tale of revenge, history and memory, and close with Josh Appignanesi’s hilarious comedy The Infidel, about a British Muslim who discovers that he was born Jewish.

Other highlights include: Jann Turner’s follow-up to last year’s hugely successful White Wedding, Paradise Stop, which stars Rapulana Seiphemo and Kenneth Nkosi; Michael Caine’s ageing vigilante thriller Harry Brown; Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson, which looks inside the mind of a sadistic killer; and Four Lions by Christopher Morris, a comedy about a group of British men who decide to become suicide bombers to save the family farm.

Screenings at Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre; CineCentre Suncoast; Ster Kinekor Junction, Musgrave; Cinema Noveau, Gateway; Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre, kwaMashu; Royal Hotel.

For more information about the festival, go to www.cca.ukzn.ac.za.

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