SA’s Fanie Fourie goes global

By admin
08 March 2013

Local comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is headed to the 39th Seattle International Film Festival.

Local comedy Fanie Fourie’s Lobola has been selected to show at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in the US. This film festival is the largest and most highly-attended one of its kind in the United States, showcasing more than 400 films from 70 countries to an audience of 150 000 attendees annually.  Fanie Fourie’s Lobola stars newcomer Zethu Dlomo as feisty Dinky Magubane and Eduan van Jaarsveld as the affable Fanie Fourie. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, the Afrikaans guy and Zulu girl fall in love – and hilarity ensues. Chris Chameleon also features in the film as Fanie’s brother and sokkie sensation, Sarel.    The film, which opened in South Africa last week, is currently at number four on the industry top 10, ahead of Academy Award-winner Argo and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest offering, The Last Stand. “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is proving to be a favourite with cinemagoers and has already won audience awards at the Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, and the Jozi Film Festival,” say producers Lance Samuels and Kweku Mandela from Out of Africa Entertainment. 

“We are very excited that it will be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, which is a high-profile, big event. To have the programmers of this event show such interest in the film is a coup for South African cinema,” adds co-writer and producer Janine Eser.

- Kirstin Buick

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